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It has been a pleasure to write the genealogy of Dover fam- 
ilies, to make this contribution of human history, because the 
inhabitants have been to an unusual degree a broad-minded, 
patriotic people, free from the provincialisms of towns less 
favorably situated. From its first settlement the life of this 
community has been efi'ected by the city only thirteen miles 
away. The town has felt the eftects of the printing press and 
the railroad, two great civilizing agencies. Dover has had 
from the first an educated ministry, good schools, early library 
facilities and abundant roads. It is a self-evident fact that 
where a community exists sufficient unto itself and with no 
contact with the outside world there humanity sours, grows 
morbid and wrong. By its location Dover has at least been 
saved from this condition. Here has been exhibited the vir- 
tues of patriotism — "economy, industry, simplicity, frugal- 
ity, humility and reverence," all of which is best appreciated 
by those whose family tree has taken deep root in this soil. 
It would have been a pleasure to have included in this gen- 
ealogical history other families who have made Dover their 
place of residence in recent years, but persistent eft'ort failed 
to gain the necessary data. Acknowledgement should here 
be made of the substantial gifts that have been received from 
those who have evidently regarded it as an opportunity to 
contribute the illustrations which appear in this volume. 



Wilson Genealogical Tree — Frontispiece 

Facing Page 
Residence of N. S. Bartlett, 

Jr 19 

The Baker House 26 

Residence of Henry B. 

Brainard 47 

The David Cleveland 

House 60 

The Caryl Parsonage 61 

The Nathaniel Chickering 

House 74 

The Joseph Chickering 

House 75 

Residence of Arthur E. 

Davis 86 

The Ralph Day House... 87 
Residence of A. J. Peters. 94 
The Laurence Minot Tepee 95 
Residence Dr. A. B. Em- 
mons, 2nd 102 

Residence of Miss Lucy A. 

Smith 103 

Spinning 126 

The Griggs House 127 

The Hartshorn House .... 140 

Facing Page 
Residence of Eben Higgins 141 
Hodgson's Wigwam Vil- 
lage 145 

Residence of W. Rodman 
Fay 178 

Norfolk Hunt Club 179 

Residence of R. M. Tap- 
pan 188 

The Henry Goulding 
House 189 

Residence of Charles G. 
Plympton 196 

Portrait of the Rev. Dr. 
Ralph Sanger 208 

The Joseph A. Smith 
House 217 

Residence of F. W. Brad- 
bury 230 

The Asa Talbot House .. . 231 

The Whiting - Williams 
Tavern 248 

Residence of Donald F. 
Cutler 249 

Prof. Dolbear of Tufts College named some of the mate- 
rial bequests of the nineteenth century to the twentieth 
in a very interesting way, when he said : "The nineteenth 
century received from its predecessor the horse; it bequeathed 
the bicycle, the locomotive, and automobile. It received the 
goose-quill, and bequeathed the typewriter; it received the 
scythe, and bequeathed the mowing-machine; it received the 
sickle, and bequeathed the harvester ; it received the hand 
printing-press, and bequeathed the Hoe cylinder press; it re- 
ceived Johnson's Dictionary, and bequeathed the Century 
Dictionary ; it received the painted canvas, and bequeathed 
lithography, photography, and color photography; it received 
the hand-loom, and bequeathed the cotton and woolen fac- 
tory ; it received gunpowder, and bequeathed nitro-glycerine ; 
it received the tallow-dip, and bequeathed the arc light; it re- 
ceived the galvanic battery, and bequeathed the dynamo; it 
received the flint-lock, and bequeathed the automatic firing 
Maxim guns; it received the sailing-ship, and bequeathed the 
steamship, the greyhound of the sea ; it received the frigate 
Constitution, and bequeathed the battleship Oregon; it re- 
ceived the beacon signal-fire, and bequeathed the telephone 
and wireless telegraphy ; it received Avood and stone for struc- 
ture, and bequeathed skyscrapers of steel. Such are a few of 
the bequests of the nineteenth century to the twentieth." 

"Wonderful indeed was the atmosphere and spirit of many 
a New England house of the former period. The world has 
never seen anything finer. Little in the way of luxury and 
adornments was evident. Few books and magazines entered 
the door. But those which came were fit to r&pose on the 
parlor table, while on the shelves were at least a dozen vol- 
umes of standard worth. In hundreds of such pioneer 
homes scenes were enacted from time to time similar to those 
which Whittier portrays in Snowbound, when parents, chil- 
dren and guests entered with zest into simple pastimes and 
then fed their inner lives with discourse on high themes." 



I. JamesS Adamsf (Richard", Richard^ Richard^, Ansel^ 
Thomas^, Samuel^, Henryi), b. 1800, m. 1825, Honora, dau. 
Stephen and Margaret (Jackson) Roberts of Boston. He 
was a descendant of Henry Adams, who came from Essex, 
England, and settled in Braintree in 1640. Mr. Adams was a 
paper maker and worked for many years in the paper mills 
at Charles River. A family of eleven children kept him busy. 
His son, John, learned the blacksmith's trade and opened a 
shop on the Dover side at Charles River. His daughter, 
Maria, received a Normal School education and was a suc- 
cessful teacher. This family entered into the social Hfe of the 
community, which in those days consisted of social gather- 
mgs at houses, where the young played games, spelling 
schools, singing schools, tea parties, balls at the Williams 
Tavern which were largely attended by people from out of 
town, choir rehearsals, and the monthly meetings of the La- 
dies' Sewing Circle connected with the First Parish Church. 
One institution of the town has entirely disappeared, the 
"Speaking School." During the winter each district would 
invite the other schools of the town to come to its school- 
house and bring their best speakers. There was much rivalry 
and each school presented its best talent. The boys and girls 
learned pieces of great length, which they often delivered 

tThe place of residence, by streets, of the subjects of these sketches will be 
found in "Dover Farm" published by the Dover Historical Society, 1914. 


with much dramatic effect; at the close of the exercises the 
best speaker was chosen by general consent. Sometimes the 
boys and girls went out of town to meet the best speakers of 
other places. Fred Adams, although a small boy, won all 
the honors at Medfield in his delivery of "Marco Bozzaris" 
and "Jephtha's Rash Vow." Children : — 

Andrew, b. 1827, d. in 1862, in Army Hospital, New Orleans. 

John, b. 1829, m. Elizabeth Manly, d. 1892, in Cochesett. 

James, b. 1831, died in infancy. 

Sarah, b. 1832, died in infancy. 

Margaret, b. 1834, m. Luther Harriman, d. 1894, in Wayland. 

Pamelia, b. 1836, d. 1875, in Framingham. 

James, b. 1838, m. Betsey Hall, d. 1870 in Natick. 

Frederick, b. 1840, m. Addie Kelley, d. 1893, in Brighton. 

Rosanna, b. 1842, d. in infancy. 

Stephen, b. 1845. 

Maria A., b. 1848, m. William Cobb, Natick. 

2. John-"^ (John'-, Johni) was born in Mercer, Maine, 
Apr. 6, 1824, m. Oct. 7th, 1845, Lydia Jane, dau. Rufus and 
Lydia (Mann) Battelle, b. Feb. 23, 1824, d. Feb. 4, 1884. He 
died May 2, 1888. Mr. Adams owned the Farrington farm 
on Main street, and united with farming the manufacture of 
shoe-filling, the making of boots and shoes, and later a milk 
route at South Natick. He sold his farm and business in the 
early sixties and moved with his family to Elmira, N. Y., 
where he worked as a bootmaker. Children : 

Ariadne J., b. July 7, 1852, m. John J. Mortimer, Elmira, N. Y. 

Edgar J., b. June 8, 1857, d. April 14, 1858. 

Herbert A., b. Dec. 31, 1861, m. Margaret Hoise, Horsehead, N. Y. 


I. EleazerS Allen (Joseph-, James^), b. Aug. 25, 1688, m. July 
9. 1 712, Mary, dau. of John and Hannah (Holbrook) Battelle, b. 
Feb. I, 1683-4, d. Jan. 12, 1759. Mr. Allen died Jan. 3, 1759. 
He lived on the Allen homestead on Centre street adjoining 
Medfield, which he settled in 171 2. He attended church at Med- 
field and opposed the organization of the Springfield Parish. 


Mr. Allen was descended from Reginald Allin of Colby, Nor- 
folk, England, who was a large land holder there in the latter 
part of the i6th century. Reginald Allin was a son of Richard 
Allin, but who the latter was is not definitely known. James 
Allen, from whom most of the Dover Aliens are descended, was 
a grandson of Reginald Allin, and a nephew of the Rev. John 
Allin, the first minister of Dedham. James Allen probably came 
to America with his uncle, the Rev. John Allin. He received his 
first grant of land in Dedham in 1638. In 1649 he became one 
of the thirteen proprietors of the town of Medfield. James 
Allen was the fifth to receive a grant of land there. He mar- 
ried, in 1638, Ann Guild, who came with several brothers from 
Scotland to America in 1637-8. In this family we have the 
blood of the Scotch and English united. Members of the Allen 
family settled in Dover before it was made even a precinct in 
Dedham, and easily became leaders when the Springfield Parish 
was formed. As a family they have been distinguished as 
teachers and have ever had a lively interest in all educational 
affairs. Children : 

(2) Eleazer, b. May 27, 1713. 

Mary, b. June 10, 1717, m. Samuel Richardson, Medway t 
Obadiah, b. Sept. 27, 1721, blacksmith, settled in Wrentham. 
Samuel, b. June 10, 1724, cooper, res. in Wrentham. 
Esther, b. May 22, 1731. m. Pelatiah Morse, innkeeper, Natick 

, Mr. Richardson later moved to Brookfield with his family. He has been 
otten confused by genealogists with Samuel Richardson of Wrentham who represented 
an entirely different family. 

2. Eleazer*, Jr., (Eleazer", Joseph^, Jamesi), b. May 27, 17 13, 
m. May 17, 1740, Phebe, dau. Jonathan and Margaret (Fair- 
banks) Wight, of Medfield, b. Dec. 14, 1713, d. Jan. 15, 1803. 
He died Nov. 29, 1796. Mr. Allen lived on the homestead on 
Centre street. He took part in the Revolution. Children : 

(3) Eleazer, b. Aug. 24, 1740. 
Amy, b. July 3, 1746. 
Sybil, b. Dec. 4. 1749. 
Rebecca, b. Oct. 18, 1754. 
Phebet m. June 7, 1770, Benj. Day, Wrentham. 

IDate of birth not recorded. 


3. Eleazer^ (Eleazer^^, Eleazer^, Joseph-, James^), b. Aug. 24, 
1740, m. Jan. 2, 1768, Rebecca, dau. Seth and Rebecca (An- 
drews) Mason, b. Sept. 19, 1742. He d. Feb. 18, 1825. Mr. 
Allen lived on the homestead on Centre street. He rendered an 
early service in the Revolution. Children : 

Rebecca, b. June 19, 1769, d. Oct. 18, 1774. 

Mehitable, b. Nov. 3, 1773, m. Jan. 5, 1792, Jesse Newell. 

John, b. Oct. 30, 1779, m. June 13, 1805, Polly Cheney. 

4. Fisher"^ (Noah^, Noah^, Joseph^, Jamesi), b. Jan. 25, 1747, 
in. May 9, 1771, Rachel, dau. Jonathan and Abigail (Wilkinson) 
Smith of Medfield, b. 1749, d. Dec. i, 1829. He took up his 
residence in Dover previous to the organization of the West 
School (1784) and after its establishment was for many years 
the district school master. He was a selectman, tythingman. 
assessor and among those in Medfield, who, in 1777, agreed to 
go to Boston for the "Newes Papers." Mr. Allen inherited his 
grandfather's farm on Bridge street. He died June 25, 1842, 
having lived to the advanced age of 95 years. Children : 

Miriam, b. Oct. 29, 1772, m. Dec. 4, 1793. Daniel Kingsbury, Walpole. 

Abigail, b. Oct. 12, 1774, m. Nathaniel Fiske, Holliston. 

Rachel, b. June 5, 1777, d. Oct. 26, 1778. 

Rachel, b. Sept. 20, 1779. m. May 20, 1802, Daniel Mann. 

5. HezekiahS (Joseph-, James^), b. Nov. 3, 1692, m. Apr. 4, 
1722, Mary, dau. of Daniel and Elizabeth (Bracket) Draper, 
b. Nov. 5, 1696, d. Oct. 25, 1775. He died Aug. 16, 1775. Mr. 
Allen purchased a tract of land and built a house on Pegan hill 
in 1724. He was a Captain in the militia and a prominent citi- 
zen. Mr. Allen was a carpenter by trade and was made chair- 
man of the committee, appointed in 1749, to prepare timber for 
the First Parish Meeting-house. Being a prominent man, a seat 
of dignity was assigned him in the new meeting-house, and the 
chair which Mrs. Allen occupied is still in existence, and had 
been at that time many years in the family. Before the organ- 


ization of the church in Dover, Hezekiah Allen attended services 

at Natick. Children : 

(6) Hezekiah, b. April 15, 1724. 

Mary, b. July 2, 1727, d. Jan. 12, 1739. 

Timothy, b. Aug. 31, 1729, d. Nov. 23, 1736. 

Elizabeth, b. Aug. 7, 1731, m. 1753, Ebenezer Newell. 

Hannah, b. Nov. 21, 1733, m. 1752, Ebenezer Battelle. 

Mehitable, b. April 30, 1736. 

Abigail, b. March 22. 1741-2, m. May 17, 1773, Ebenezer Newell. 

6. Hezekiah^ (Hezekiah^, Joseph^, Jamesi), b. Apr. 15, 1724, 
m. July 25, 1745, Jemima, dau. of Timothy and Jemima (Ware) 
Kingsbury of Needham, b. Feb. 11, 1726, d. Apr. 13, 1755, m. 
2ndly Feb. 25, 1757, Mary, dau. William and Hannah (Chenery) 
Peters, b. 1732, d. May 23, 181 3. 

He d. July 12, 1798. Mr. Allen was a farmer and a promi- 
nent citizen. He had land from his father's farm. The cellar 
of his house can still be seen on the Dorr place on Farm street, 
where he built in 1749. He was elected to many offices and 
served on many important committees. He was Captain of the 
town's militia company, and served at the Lexington Alarm. 

His son, Hezekiah Peters, gave the longest service of any 
member of the family in the Revolutionary W'ar. In March, 
1 78 1, he re-enlisted in the Continental Army for three years 
even at a time when there were revolts among the troops be- 
cause the soldiers had not only seen no pay for months, but were 
receiving only about an eighth of the regular ration of meat. 
He was no stranger to the life of the soldier having previously 
enlisted three times, covering a service of nearly a year. He was 
a member of the Continental Army when it was disbanded bv 
Congress, Oct. 18, 1783. "Without a settlement of their ac- 
counts, and without a farthing of money in their pockets," the 
army that had won American independence from Great Britain 
disbanded on the order of Congress and retired in perfect good 
order to their homes, bearing with them their arms as memorials 
of their heroic experience, some of which are still preserved in 
Dover homes. 


"The soldiers who fought out the long and bitter revolution- 
ary struggle, on disbandment received only notes for three 
months' pay, due in six months with 6 per cent, interest. The 
public penury was so pronounced that the government declared 
it to be impossible to make any cash payments. And so this 
war-worn body of patriots, many of whom, broken in health, 
and all suffering in some degree from the strain of their ardu- 
ous experience, turned from the life of the camp to take up again 
the interrupted civil activities from which they had been called. 
The first army that was formed in the cause of the revolution 
was composed of volunteers, many of whom had left their plows 
standing in the field ; of artisans and small tradesmen who had 
broken off abruptly the occupation in which they were en- 
grossed." At the close of the war Hezekiah Peters Allen settled 
in Bowdoinham, Maine, where he died in 1826, leaving numer- 
ous descendants. 

Morrill Allen prepared for college by reciting to the Rev. 
Benjamin Caryl, giving the summer to work on the farm and 
the winter to study. Being entirely dependent upon his own 
labor, he met the expenses of his college education by teaching 
school. He was so successful as a teacher that his services were 
in such demand that he met all the expenses of his college edu- 
cation and graduated without being in debt. He entered Brown 
University with advanced standing in 1795 and graduated with 
honors in 1798. He studied theology^ with the Rev. Dr. Fobes 
of Ra3'nham, a popular and eloquent preacher. In 1801 he was 
settled over the First Parish Church of Pembroke, of which he 
remained pastor for nearly forty years. As a preacher he was 
noted for his brevity and originality of treatment. He never 
attempted to set forth but one point in a discourse, but earnestly 
endeavored to impress that one point on his hearers. Soon after 
his settlement he found that a salary of $475 a year was not ade- 
quate to meet the expenses of a growing famih^ His native 
aptness for teaching, and his love for the work prompted him 



to open a school and to receive boys into his family. He was so 
successful in this enterprise and his pupils became so numerous 
that the work in connection with his parish was such a tax 
upon his strength that in order to escape ill health he was 
obliged to give up his school. He next turned his attention to 
farming in order to increase his meagre salary. Many smiled 
at the minister's farming and predicted a complete failure, but 
soon found that he was the most successful farmer in the coun- 
ty, having adopted the plan of selecting different crops for dif- 
ferent soils. He was one of the founders and for many years 
President of the Plymouth County Agricultural Society, one of 
the oldest in the cotuitry. In 1849 ^^^ was elected a member of 
the Royal Agricultural Society of Tunis in Sardinia. He com- 
menced as early as 1834 to sow the seed of pine trees on barren 
soil, and thus became a pioneer in the noble work of clothing 
naked plains with valuable wood and timber, a work which he 
lived to see wonderfully extended, not only at home but also 
on the prairies of the great West. While a minister he never 
voted for an officer of State or General Government, but the 
people recognized his worth and soon after his retirement from 
the ministry he was elected for two terms to the Massachusetts 
Senate, of which body he was an efficient and honored member. 
He became a frequent contributor to agricultural papers and 
always dwelt upon his own observations and experiments, 
rather than upon scientific research. He died possessed of a 
large estate, and his example as a farmer did much to advance 
the cause of agriculture throughout the country. He was one 
of the first to utilize surface earth, and the piles of such earth 
on his farm were at first contemptuously called "Allenites," 
but having demonstrated its worth, the same term was contin- 
ued in honor of the originator of a useful practice. Children : 

(7) Timothy, b. Apr. 28, 174.6, d. July 10, 1823. 

Jemima, b. Feb. 15, 1747-8. m. Jonathan Parkerf, m. 2ndly Nov. 
3, 1777, Isaac Shepard, Needham. 

tKilled at Lexington, April 19, 1773. 


Rachel, b. Feb. 4, 1749-50, m. May 10, 1773, David Cleveland. 
Susa, b. Sept. 30, 1752, d. Sept. 13, 1754. 
Hezekiah, b. May 27, 1754, d. June 17, 1754. 
Calla, b. Jan. 11, 1759, m. Sept. 17, i777, Joseph Smith. 
Zillah, b. Sept. 8, 1760, d. May 22, 1836. 

Hezekiah Peters, b. May 3, 1762, m. Miss Thompson, res. Bow- 
doinham, Maine. 

(8) Perez, b. Feb. 8, 1764. 

(9) William Pitt, b. Oct. 21, 1766. 

Hitta, b. Aug. 30, 1768, d. May 29, 1776. 

Calvin, b. Mar. i, 1770, m. Abigail Richards, settled in Warwick. 

Polly, b. Mar. 11, 1773, d. July 2, 1776. 

Patty, b. Mar. 11, 1773, m. May 10, 1798, Moses Fisher. 

Morrill, b. Apr. 3, 1776, m. Mar. 14, 1801, Hannah Dean. 

7. Timothy^ (HezekialT*, Hezekiah^, Joseph-, James^), b. 
Apr. 20, 1746, m. Dec. 3, 1772, Rebecca, dau. Thomas and Ra- 
chel (Graves) Eames of Framingham, b. Oct. 23, 1750. d. Mar. 
21, 1833. He d. July 10, 1823. 

Mr. Allen lived on the homestead on Pegan hill, was a prom- 
inent man and a Lieutenant in the militia. During the latter 
years of his life he became insane, owing to a fall from the 
pole of an ox cart. He served in the army in this vicinity dur- 
ing the Revolutionary War. 

His son Thaddeus settled in Boston, where he died Apr. 18, 
1883, in his 97th year. His youth was spent on his father's 
farm, and while preparing for college he spent the winter months 
in teaching school. He served for a time as copyist to Prof. 
Shurtlefi of Dartmouth College, who in turn assisted him in his 
studies. He graduated from Brown University in 1812. He 
intended to follow the medical profession, but failing health led 
him into business. For a time he was in a wholesale business in 
Boston, having formed a partnership with his brother Timothy. 
Their sign read: T. & T. Allen, T. Wharf. In 1820 Thaddeus 
Allen opened a private school on Chauncy street. He was a fine 
Greek and Latin scholar; his work was largely preparatory for 
College, and in giving instruction to adults who desired to take 
private lessons. He was the author of a work in 3 vols, entitled 


"An Inquiry into the Views, Principles, Services and Influences 
of the Leading Men in the Organization of Our Union." Thi.^ 
work is an exhaustive treatment of the subject and is held in 
high esteem especially by those foreigners who wish to study the 
principles of our government. He was a member of th6 General 
Court in 1857 and for many years a member of the Boston 
School Committee. Children: 

Timothy, b. Mar. 4, 1774, d. Aug. 20, 1775. 

(10) Hezekiah, b. Dec. 12, 1775, d. Nov. 18, 1858. 

Mary, b. Sept. 21, 1777, m. June 8, 1797, John N. Sumner, Ashford, 

Polly, b. Dec. 31, 1779, m. Oct. 19, 1809, Ira Richards. 

(11) Timothy, b. May 19, 1782, d. Apr. 3, 1869. 

Rebecca, b. May 20, 1784. m. Jan. 14, 1805, Ebenezer Smith. 
Thaddeus, b. May 14, 1/87, d. Apr. 18, 1883, m. Nov. 27, 1814, 
Clarissa Bullard, res. Boston. 

(12) Jared, b. Apr. 11, 1789, d. Jan. 9, 1874. 

8. Perez^ (Hezekiah^ Hezekiah^, Joseph^, James^), b. Feb. 
8th, 1764, m., Dec. 24, 1789, Mehitable, dau. Moses and Mehi- 
table (Battelle) Richards, b. May 28, 1772. Mr. Allen was a 
farmer and owned, with his brother, William Pitt Allen, the 
original Hezekiah Allen, Jr., place on Farm street. He held 
many town offices and served on many committees. The names 
of the several offices which he filled carry us back a century — 
"highway surveyor," "hog reeve" and "field driver." He is also 
called "Ensign" and "Captain" in the town records. He moved 
to Warwick. Children: 

Julia, b. Feb. 19, 1792. 

Leonard, b. July 4. 1794, d. Feb. 2, 1798. - * t ^ u i^ A ,- 
Otis, b. Sept. II, 1796. .UXx^.C\i\^, . 

Mehitable, b. May 26, 1799. 
Perez, b. July 20, 1801. 

9. William^ Pitt (Hezekiah'*, Hezekial^ Joseph^, James^), 
b. Oct. 21, 1766, m., Mar. 25, 1789, Kaziah, dau. Asa and Beriah 
(Fisher) Mason of Medfield, b. 1770. He moved to Medfield 
about 1798, from the Dorr place on Farm street, to live with 


his wife's father, then in advanced age. He had an eccentric 
and somewhat foolish brother-in-law, Ebenezer Mason, who 
assisted about the farm work. One day in the spring of 1802 
as the two were at work in the field laying out manure from a 
cart preparatory to planting, Mason became offended and struckf 
Allen on the head with the shovel he was using. He died soon 
after from the effects of the blow. For this act Mason was exe- 
cuted in Dedham the same year. Children : 

Reuben, b. Sept. 12, 17S9, m. Mary B. Shedd. 
Willard, b. Nov. 4, 1791, d. Oct. 4, 1792. 
Willard, b. Aug. 5, 1793, residence, Deerfield. 
Patty, b. Jan. 3, 1796, m. Sept. 7, 1814. Ralph Battelle. 
Ira, b. July 11, 1797, settled in Pawtucket, R. I. 
(13) Amos, b. 1799 in Medfield, m. Adaline Goodnough. 

Mary, b. 1802 in Medfield, m. Uriah Brett, 2nd, Ezekiel Capen. 

10. Hezekiah*^ (Timothy'^, Hezekiah^, Hezekiah^, Joseph^, 
James^), b. Dec. 12, 1775, m. Aug. 5, 1802, Julitta, dau. of Wil- 
liam and Hannah (Ellis) Whiting, b. May i, 1777, d. July 21, 
1855, Louisville, Ky. He attended Harvard University, but did 
not graduate. Mr. Allen was a farmer and inherited the farm 
on Pegan hill, which he sold to his brother Jared. He held many 
offices of trust and responsibility. He died in Orange, N. J., 
Nov. 18, 1858. 

Referring to the custom of the people, reference should be 
made to hair cutting which for generations was done in the home 
by the father or some older person skilled in the art. In winter 
boys wore their hair long, which was seldom cut before spring. 
The writer does not recall that he ever had the services of a 
barber before 1875, in which year his father died. 

Self-shaving, or "taking the face off," as it was often called, 
was universal, and the keeping of the razor in order was a fine 
training for all those useful arts where edged tools were em- 
ployed. The grinding of scythes and the sharpening of knives 

fTikkn's History of Medfield. 


is today a lost art compared with the skill of our fathers fifty 
years ago in this kind of work. 

The taking of a six-weeks' course in a "barbers' college" is 
hardly a substitute for the years of training which barbers used 
to receive. Dover farmers, who, perhaps, a few times in their 
lives employed the services of a city barber used to tell of their 
fine skill at shaving. Men and boys almost universally combed 
their hair in front of their ears ; a person who wore his hair be- 
hind his ears was said to look like a "licked dog." 

Self-shavers soon learned the trick of heating the razor-blade 
by thrusting it in hot water. This made the razor cut more evenly 
and effectively as it expanded the smooth cutting edge. 
Children : 

Almira, b. Nov. 24, 1803, m. Apr. 22, 1824, Leonard Perry. 

Julia, b. Aug. 2, 1805. ni. at Christ's Church, Hartford, Conn., July 30, 
1835, Rev. Peter Minard, d. in St. Louis, Oct. 4, 1840. 

Catherine, b. Mar. 4, 1806, d. Oct. 28, 1829. 

Harriet, b. Aug. 27, 1808, d. Sept. 1838. 

Allston. b. Sept. 30, 1810, m. June 5, 1833, Eliza R. Ordway, res. Lowell. 

Hannah E., b. Sept. 22, 1813, m. in Baltimore, Md., Oct. 16, 1845, 
Luther W. Mason, who gained a world-wide reputation as the 
originator of a system of musical study for schools. 

11. Timothy"^ (Timothy^, Hezekiah^, Hezekiah^, Joseph^, 
James^), b. May 19, 1782, m. June 4, 1807, Abigail, dau. of Sam- 
uel and Abigail (Mason) Fisher, b. Feb. 24, 1785, d. Jan. 28, 1859. 
He died Apr. 3, 1869. Mr. Allen was in business in Boston for a 
time, but returned to Dover and lived on the Eben Higgins farm, 
also at Powisset. Children : 

Lucy F., b. Oct. 21, 1808, d. Aug. 3, 1855. 
Fisher Ames, b. Sept. 29, 1814, d. July 25. 1883. 
Samuel F., b. Apr. 19, 1822, m. Hannah Ellis, res. West Dedham. 
(9) Timothy, b. Sept. 8, 1825. 

12. Jared*^ (Timothy"^, Hezekiah*, Hezekiah^, Joseph^, 
Jamesi), b. Apr. 11, 1789, m. Nov. 4, 1816, Hannah, dau. Rich- 
ard and Flannah (Bird) Richards, b. Dec. 22, 1791, d. Sept. 17, 
1852, m. 2ndly, 1858, Hannah P., widow of Elijah Russell, and 


dau. of John and Ruth (Tolman) Dickerman, b. May 21, 1807, d 
Jan. 4, 1899. He died Jan. 9, 1874. Mr. Allen was in business in 
Boston for many years and had stall No. 29 near the head of Fan- 
euil hall market. Retired to Dover and for a time carried on the 
Pegan hill farm to which his son, Sumner, and son-in-law, John 
P. Batchelder, succeeded. He was a major in the State militia. 
Children : 

Martha, b. Aug. 2, 1817, d. Dec. 21, 1818. 

Martha B., b. Jan. 4, 1820, m. John P. Bachelder. 

Sumner S., b. Apr. i. 1822, d. Nov. 6, 1865, m. Eliza B. Gilman. 

13. Amos^ (William Pitt"^, Hezekiah*, Hezekiah^, Joseph-, 
James^), b. Oct. 18, 1799, m. May 25, 1826, Adaline, dau. Wil- 
liam and Phebe (Mann) Goodenow of Natick, b. July 25, 1803, 
d. Sept. 27, 1871. He died July 28, 1870. He was a stone 
mason by trade and lived on the Joseph Chickering farm on 
Haven street. He later settled in Natick. Children : 

EHzabeth F., b. Aug. 13, 1829, d. Jan. 13, 1842. 
Amos C, b. Oct. 17, 1831, d. Feb. 1871. 
Martha B., b. May 26, 1835, m .Charles Whiting. 
James M., b. May 25, 1837, d. 1837. 
John M., b. May 25. 1837, d. 1837. 

14. Timothy" (Timothy^, Timothy^, Hezekiah'*, Hezekiah-^, 
Joseph^, James^), b. Sept. 8, 1825, m. Dec. 24, i860, Sarah A., 
dau. Samuel and Susan (Johnson) Richardson, b. Aug. 18, 1838. 
He died August 17. 1893. After his marriage Mr. Allen first 
lived in Dover, where his son was born, but later settled in West 
Dedham. Children : 

Geo. Henry Allston, b. Jan. 20, 1863, m. May 1891, Cora A. Hopkins, 

res. Worcester. 
Emma Frances Alice, b. Apr. 5, 1873, d. Sept. 5, 1873. 

15. Aaron"* (Samuel^, John^, Walter^), b. in Sudbury Dec. 
31, 1707, m. Dec. 6, 1733, Hannah, dau. John and Elizabeth 
Mason of Dedham, b. May i, 1710, d. July 27, 1777. He died in 
March, 1754. Mr. Allen was descended from Walter Allen, 


who was in Newbury, in 1640, afterwards in Charlestown, 
Watertown and Weston. He was left an orphan when only 
twelve years old and was brought up by his father's cousin, Ben- 
jamin Allen of Dedham. He lived on the Bullard farm on 
County street. Children : 

Judith, b. Mar. i, 1733-4. 

Benjamin, b. Dec. 23, 1735, d. before Mar. 19, 1756. 
(16) Samuel, b. Dec. 26, 1740. 
Moses, b. Dec. 21, 1743. 

16. SamueP (Aaron^, Samuel^, John^, Walter^), b. Dec. 26, 
1740, m. Sept. 20, 1765, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Sarah (Day) 
Morse of Wrentham, b. May 16, 1735. Mr. Allen lived on 
County street and moved to Medford in 1783. Children: 

Benjamin, b. Dec. 10, 1765, d. Jan. 1766. 
Benjamin, b. May 6, 1767. 
Polly, b. May 25, 1772. 
Samuel, b. Feb. 23, 1774. 

17. David^ Ellis (Elijah-, Ephraimi) was a son of Elijah 
and Hannah Allen, b. in Medway Oct. 18, 1812, m. Nov. 16, 
1834, Martha Ann, dau. Ebenezer and Mary (Brown) Whitney, 
b. Feb. 9, 1817, d. Apr. 26, 1847, ^^- 2ndly June 10, 1849, Clarissa 
Allen, dau. Ebenezef and Rebecca (Allen) Smith, b. June 9, 
1818, d. Mar. 9, 1893. He d. Dec. 10, 1878. Mr. Allen united 
with farming the manufacture of shoes in a little shop in con- 
nection with his house. This industry was very common in 
Dover a half century ago and was kept up by him longer than 
by most residents of the town. Mr. Allen always spoke of his 
descent as in the line of Ethan Allen of Revolutionary fame, a 
fact of which he was very proud. Children : 

Mary Antoinette, b. Dec. 26, 1835. d. 1854. 

Mary Brown, b. July 21. 1838, d. Sept. 3, 1857. 

Martha Antoinette, b. Aug. 10, 1841, m. June 22, 1865, Henry H. 

Horton, res. Maiden. 
Elizabeth Ellis, b. Nov. 12, 1843, m. Sept. 7, 1864, Joseph H. Proctor, 

she d. Apr. 23, 1906. 



1. '.Colburni Ambler, b. 1770, m., May 5, 1801, Sally, dau. 
Jesse and Azubah (Turner) Day, b. 1779, d. Jan. 16, 1831. He 
d. June 20, 1 85 1. Mr. Ambler was bom in Sutton, but spent his 
younger days in Wrentham, where he married Miss Day, a 
granddaughter of Ephraim Bacon of Dover. This may have led 
him to take up his residence here. He lived at Dover Center and 
worked at farming, also in the rolling mills at Charles River. 
The wages received at this time should be recorded. First-class 
young men who received the highest wages got fifteen dollars a 
month from April to November. 

Women, if employed at all, received from fifty to seventy-five 
cents a week, the latter price being the wages paid women for 
teaching summer schools. Holidays and sick days were either 
made up at the end of the season or deducted. Under these cir- 
cumstances the hired man who gathered $150 for a season's 
work was fortunate. 

During the winter months many young men returned to their 
homes in the northern New England States or the Provinces. 
His son Artemas was a machinist and worked for forty years in 
the rope walk at the Charlestown Nary Yard. His daughter Re- 
becca married James R. Davis, a cabinet maker, who read law 
and was admitted to the bar at Mil ford, where he resided and 
was an associate justice of the Court. Children : 

(2) Harvey, b. in Needham, Apr. 12, 1803. 

Artemas. b. in Dover, Oct. 12, 1807, res. Charlestovim. 

Elizabeth G., b. in Dover, Feb. 12, 1810, m. Joshua W. Smith, 

Jeremiah D., b. in Needham, Dec. 28, 1815, a carpenter. 
Rebecca B., b. in Needham, May 29, 1819, m. James R. Davis, 

2. Harvey2 (Colburni), 5. Apr. 12, 1803, m. Oct. 12, 1827, 
Lavinia Dyer, dau. Jesse and Mary (Colburn) Cook of Need- 
ham, b. Sept. 18, 1804. d. Apr. 24, 1886. Miss Cook w^as de- 
scended from Capt. Cook, to whom George K. Clarke, the his- 
torian of Needham, thus refers : Capt. Cook had been a select- 


man in Dedham, was our first representative in the General 
Court, a member of the board of selectmen and our first town 
treasurer, also moderator of a hundred town meetings. For 
over forty years Capt. Cook was the most prominent citizen of 
Needham except the minister. Nathan Cook, who represented 
Dover in the Revolution, was a descendant of Capt. Cook and 
was born in Needham. Mr. Ambler died in Natick April 18, 
1884. He lived as a boy in the family of Capt. George Fisher 
and during the war of 1812* went to Fort Warren for nine days 
and represented Capt. Fisher, who drew pay for his services 
during the time. He was a drummer and carried his kettle 
drum with him. Mr. Ambler was a paper maker and worked in 
the paper mills at Charles River. His daughter, Lvdia L., is 
the inventor and patentee of the "Ideal Tent and Summer 
House," while Mary R. has written a good deal for publication, 
mostly short stories and poems under the nom de plume of Hope 
Holly and Clara Perry. Some of her writings are in the library 
of the Dover Historical'Society. Children: 

Harvey A., b. in Needham, May 2, 1829, m. Emeline J. Drury res 
Charlestown. j' ■ 

Horace E., b. in Needham, May 2, 1829, m. Maranda M. Williams, res 

Sarah E., b. in Needham, Feb. 22, 1831, m. Henry B. Hall, Bethel 

Luther C, b. in Dover, July 21. 1832, m. Caroline A. Boyden res. 
Natick. ' 

William T., b. in Needham, Oct. 28, 1835, m. Martha A. Bramley, res 

Mary R., born in Dover, May 27, 1837, m. Joseph H. Esty, res. 

Lydia L., b. in Needham, Nov. 6, 1840. m. Isaac B. Pope, Natick 
James A., b. in Needham, Apr. 2, 1842. m. Mary A. Furber res 

Natick. ' 

Artemas C, b. in Needham. Jan. 8, 1844, m. Eliza T. Jenkins res 

Jerry Nelson, b. in Needham, May 26, 1845, m. Sylvinia B Morrison 

res. Natick. 

*t. Jt Pu'^l'cation by the state in 1915 of the Massachusetts Militia durine 
the War of 1812, shows that in addition to the list of Dover Soldiers previously 
given, Reuben Newell, Leonard Gay and John Plimpton took part at Fort Warren 
from Sept. 13 to Nov. 30, 18 14, in Capt. Geo. Fisher's Detached Company from 
Dover and vicinity. 



1. Jessei Ayres purchased a house lot of two acres on Ded- 
ham street near Day's bridge, where he built in 1794. This place 
was afterwards known for many years as the residence of 
Thomas Smith. Mr. Ayres' line of descent has not been traced. 
He married in Dover, October 7, 1790, Mehitable, dau. Joshua 
and Martha (Fisher) Kingsbury of Dedham, b. Jan. 31, 1766. 
He moved in 1815 to Lancaster. Children: 

Mary, b. , m. July 23, 1812, William Vose, Needham. 

(2) Fisher, b. . 

Sarah, b. . 

2. Fisher- (Jesse^), m. Sally Worcester of Lancaster, b. 
August, 1789, d. Jan. 19, 1879. He died in 1839. Mr. Ayres 
lived on the Barden farm at the "New Mill" and worked out as 
a farm hand, also worked in the mill in the winter season. Mrs. 
Ayres did service in many households and long survived her hus- 
band. Previous to her death Mrs. Ayres was for many years 
the only surviving member of the family in town ; she lived in a 
house which stood on the grounds of the Sanger High School. 
The children of Mr. and Mrs. Ayres were born in various places. 
Their names are here brought together, lacking, however, many 
facts relating to births, deaths, etc. Children : 


(3) Calvin, b. Aug. 12, 1827. 

tLorenzo. went to California in "50" and d. there later. 
Elizabeth, m. 1848, Thomas Ruggles. She d. Dec, 1896. 
Mary Ann, did not marry and settled in California. 

tResidents of Dover who went to California previous to i860 ; Hiram Adams, 52 ; 
Lorenzo Ayers, 50; Mary A. Ayers, 54; Hiram Barden, 52; ILdwin Battelle, 50; 
G. Summer, Battelle, 53; Jackson Battelle, 49; Samuel Bemis, 53; Geo. E. Chicker- 
ing, 57; Otis Chickering, 52; John Ford, 52; Joseph Graves, 50; Albert Gay and 
family, 51; Charles Ferguson, 50; John Ferguson, 50; Ezra Keys, 53; Charles Mar- 
den, 52 ; J. Warren ]\Iunroe, 57 ; John L. Moore, 54 ; I^uther Richards, 59 ; Abigail 
Rlcker, 51; Isaac Smith, 50; E. D. Shedd, 49; Walter W. Upham, 49; Charles Whit- 
ing, 53; Ithamar Whiting, ist, 49; Ruggles Whiting, 53; Smith Whiting, 51; Asa 
Wilson, 49; Henry Wilson, 54; Henry M. Gay, 60. 

Bridge Street, used since 16^6 








3. Calvin^ (Fisher-, Jessed), b. Aug. 12, 1827, m. 1848, Re- 
becca, dau. Atwood and Urania Cady of Blackstone, b. 1824, d. 
1 87 1. He enlisted from Dover in the Civil War and gave an 
honorable service. He d. Dec. 11, 1884. Children: 

Emma M., b. July 20, 1849, m. 1868, Edwin C. Moulton, d. Apr. 11, 

William H., b. July 15, 1850, m. May 30, 1889, Mary M. Hale, Needham. 
Sarah J., b. July 20, 1851, unmarried. 
Ruth E., b. Feb. 7, 1853, m. Nov. 30, 1870, Washington I. Fearing, 

George F., b. Mar. 18, 1858, m. 1892, Lydia Bowker of Maine. 


The Bacons were early settlers in Dover. In 1663 the follow- 
ing grant was made : Granted unto John Bacon, Nathaniel Fisher 
and Thomas Batle a parcell of Land in leiw of a part of their 
Naticke Devident as it lyeth in a neck of land beyond nowanits 
(Noanet) ware in an elbow at turn of Charles River. This 
grant comprised the northwest corner of Dover adjoining Natick. 
Here in 1682 John Bacon built a house for his son John (Bel- 
den farm) having been given permission to take timber from 
the Common for the purpose. John Bacon, Jr., married in 1683 
the daughter of Andrew Dewing, who formerly occupied an ad- 
joining farm. Mr. Dewing was a minister to the Natick Indians 
and lived only a mile away from their settlement ; he was also an 
assistant to the apostle Eliot. Thomas Battell succeeded Mr. 
Dewing as the owner of this farm (N. S. Bartlett, Jr., estate) 
on the Clay brook road near the picnic grounds of the late Ben- 
jamin N. Sawin. John Bacon gave to his sons, John and Mi- 
chael, in 1728-9 the respective farms on which they were living 
near the Natick line. 

I. John^ Bacon (John^, Michael^), b. July 17, 1658, m. Dec. 
15, 1683, Lydia, dau. Andrew and Ann Dewing, d. Nov. 17, 1754. 
He died Oct. 2y, 1732. Children : 


Lydia, b. Oct. 12, 1684. 

Rebecca, b. June 30, 1687. 

Rachel, b. Mar. 30, 1690, m. June 5, 1729, David Lawrence, 

Phebe, b. Mar. 30, 1690. 

(2) John, b. Jan. 31, 1693. 

(3) Michael, b. Mar. 21, 1696. 

2. John-* (John^, John-, Michael^), b. Jan. 31, 1693, m. Eliza- 
beth, dau. of John and Rebecca (ElHs) Fisher, b. Apr. 11, 1696, 

d. Aug. 27, 1740, m. 2ndly Abigail . He died Nov. 3, 1749. 

He wg:S one of the petitioners for the organization of the First 
Parish in 1748. His farm was the land now comprised in the 
B. N. Sawin and E. T. Phelps estates on the Clay brook road. 
There was a cider mill on this farm in 1748. Children: 

Rebecca, b. Dec. 30, 1717, m. Hezekiah Broad. 
Elizabeth, b. Jan. 1720, m. Mr. Hunting. 
John, b. Apr. 17, 1722, a housewright, res. Natick 
Oliver, b. Oct. 19. 1724, res. Natick. 

(4) Richard, b. Mar. 12, 1726-7. 

(5) Jeremiah, b. Ang. 24, 1729. a cordwainer. 
Hannah, b. Aug. 25, 1732, m. Nathan Ellis. 
I\Iary, b. Dec. il, 1734. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 29, 1737. 

Joseph, b. , was a housewright and lived in Sherborn in 1772. 

3. Michael^ (John^, John^, MichaeU), b. Mar. 21, 1695-6, m. 
May 16, 1721, Abigail, dau. Ralph and Sarah (Fuller) Day, b. 
Mar. 29, 1695. He had his farm from his father's estate 
(Charles M. Belden place) on the Clay brook road. He sold his 
farm in 1762 to Josiah Bacon and moved to Natick. Children: 

Michael, b. July 25, 1722, m. Mary Mills, Needham. 

(6) Ephraim, b. Nov. 31, 1724. 
Sarah, b. Feb. 9, 1726-7. 

Nehemiah, b. Jan. 4, 1728-9, d. Dec. 17, 1798. 

(7) Josiah, b. Jan. 6, 1730. 

Lydia, b. Dec. 21, 1734, m. Mar. i, 1759, Joseph Draper. Jr. 

(8) William, b. Sept. 24, 1735. 

4. Richard^ (John*, John^, John^, Michael^), b. Mar. T2, 
1726-7, m. Mar. 11, 1756, Anna, dau. Jonathan and Sarah 
(Smith) Hawes of Needham, b. Oct. 10, 1733, d. Apr. 20, 1763, 


m. 2ndly July 5, 1764, Sarah Cheney of Dedham, d. Sept. 23, 
1800. Richard Bacon had that part of his father's farm on 
Main street which was known for many years as the Cleveland 
place, where he settled in 1756. He served in Col. Samuel Bul- 
lard's Regiment from Natick at Lexington and Bunker Hill. 
He d. in Natick, Sept. 2, 1810. Children: 

Richard, b. Jan. lO, 1757. 

Jonathan, b. Apr. 9, 1760. 

Amasa, b. Aug. 4, 1765, d. May 5, 1834- 

Sarah, b. Jan. 24, 1772, m. Jeremiah Smith. 

Micah, b. Jan. 13, 1774, d. July 7, 1776. 

5. Jeremiah^ (John'*, John^, John-, Michael^), b. Aug. 24, 
1729, m. Aug. 15, 1752, Anna, dau. Jonathan and Anna TBtii- 
lard) Whiting, b. Jan. 6, 1728-9. Mr. Bacon was a corcrwainer 
by trade ; he lived on the John Bacon farm on the Clay brook 
road. Children : 

Silas, b. Sept. 11, 1753. 

Jeremiah, b. Apr. 30, 1754. 

Moses, b. Jan. 17, 1756. 

Anna, b. Mar. 29, 1761, m. Mar. i, 1792, Ephraim Bacon. 

Jesse, b. Aug. 11, 1763, settled in Troy, N. Y. 

Betty, b. Jan. 28, 1766, d. Mar. 12, 1766. 

6. Ephraim^ (Michael^, John^, John^, Michael^), b. Nov. 30, 
1724, m. July 10, 1753, in Boston, Rebecca Reynolds. He lived 
on the cast part of the original Michael Bacon homestead 
on the Clay brook road. Children : 

David, b. . 

Rebecca, b. Feb. 12, 1754, m. Aug. 20, 1772, Joseph Day, Walpole. 
Mary, b. Apr. 24, 1755, m. 1777, Joseph Wood, Stoughton (?) 
Ephraim, b. May 26, 1756, m. Mar. i, 1792, Anna Bacon, Dover. 
Phebe, b. Nov. 3, 1757. 

7. Josiah^ (Michael*, John^, John^, Micheal^), b. 1730, m. 
Nov. 27, 1755, Abigail, dau. Jonathan and Martha 
Smith of Needham, b. Aug. 10, 1734. Lived on the John Bacon 
homestead on the Clay brook road. Children : 


(9) Josiah, b. May 2^, 1757. 
Michael, b. Feb. 4, 1759. 

Abigail, b. Nov. 14, 1760, m. May 24, 1781, Thomas Sawin, Jr., 

Timothy, b. Aug. 2, 1762. 
James, b. 1761. 

8. William^ (Michael*, JohnS, John^, Michaeli), b. Sept. 24, 
1735, m. Feb. 15, 1759, Elizabeth Hawes, He died Dec. 20, 
1818. He lived for a time on his father's farm on the Clay 
brook road, but later moved to Natick. In 1780 he returned to 
Dover and in 1798 bought the George McKenzie farm in the 
south part of the town. Although he spent much of his life in 
Dover, the records relating to him are very meagre. Moses 
and Aaron are believed to have been his sons. Children : 

William, b. 1759. 

(10) Moses, b. . 

(11) Aaron, b. . 

9. Josiah'\ Jr. (Josiah^, MichaeH, John^, John-, Michael^), b. 

May 26, 1757, m. Olive . He died Jan. 29, 1800. Mr. 

Bacon lived on the John Bacon homestead on the Clay brook 
road. Children : 

Ralph, b. May 27, 1780, d. Nov. 17, 1784. 

Patty, b. Nov. 10, 1782, m. Apr. 10, 1805, Benjamin Day. 

Ralph, b. Sept. 12, 1785, d. Apr. 25. 1867, Orange. 

Michael, b. Oct. 8. 1787, d. June 24, 1788. 

Michael, b. May i, 1790. 

Josiah, b. Sept. 26, 1792, d. Jan. 20, 1800. 

Timothy, b. Jan. 4, 1794. 

Sherman, b. Sept. 19, 1797. 

Josiah, b. Feb. 26, 1800. 

Loring, b. 1805. 

10. Moses^ (WilUam^, MichaeH, John^, John-, Michael^), m. 
Anna. — Lived in various places in town. His last residence 
was on the Charles Dickens place, Centre street, which he sold 
in 1819. Children: 

Betsey, b. June 15, 1782. 

Anna. b. Feb. i, 1785, m. Ebenezer Wilkinson. 

Eunice, b. Nov. 19, 1787. 


Jesse, b. Nov. 9, 1790. 

Sally, b. June 8, 1783, d. June 19, 1793. 

Bela, b. Jan. 10, 1795, of Dedham, 1819. 

11. Aaron^ (William^, MichaeH, John^, John^, Michael^), m. 
Apr. 4, 1799, Aseneth, dau. Stephen and Hannah (Babcock) 
Prentiss of Sherborn, b. June 2, 1774. Children: 

Harriet, b. , d. Oct. 7, 1802. 

Enoch, b. Mar. 6, 1804, d. 1891 in New York. 
Benjamin P., b. July 9, 1806. 

12. Silas^ (Jeremiah^, John"*, John^, John^ Michael^), b. Sept. 
II, 1758, m. June 28, 1787, Molly, dau. John and Abigail 
(Cheney) Draper, b. June 12, 1767, d. Oct. 6, 1815. Silas Bacon 
settled on Main street on the farm owned by the late Henry R. 
Stevens and his house is still standing. Mr. Bacon was a cap- 
tain in the militia and a blacksmith at a time when his services 
called for a variety of v/ork not undertaken by the blacksmith 
of today. He d. July 3, 1840. Children : 

Fanny, b. June 28, 1788, d. in Natick in 1866. 

Silas, b. Mar. 3, 1790, m. Polly Colburn, res. Newton Upper Falls. 

Horace, b. Dec. 7, 1791, res. Newton Lower Falls. 

(13) Martin, b. Feb. 6, 1794, m. Jan. 9, 1820, Sophia Brackett, Weston. 
Abigail, b. Feb. 26, 1795, m. Feb. 19, 1814. Reuben Newell. 
Alfred, b. Oct. 6, 1798, m. Nov. 23, 1834, Harriet Perry, res. Natick. 
Mary, b. Sept. 30, 1801, m. John W. DeMerritt. 

Calvin W., b. . 

12. Martin'^ (Silas^, Jeremiah^, John^, John^, John^, Mi- 
chaeli), b. Feb. 6, 1794, m. Jan. 9, 1820, Sophia, dau. David and 
Susannah (Bird) Brackett of Weston, b. Oct. 3, 1791, d. Nov. 
12, 1868. He died Apr. 21, 1858. Mr. Bacon had land from his 
father's farm, on which he built on Main street. Children : 

(14) Francis, b. Mar. 4. 1821, m. June 1858, Mary A. Brigham. 
Susannah B., b. Nov. 15, 1823, m. Nov. 25, 1842, Stephen H. 

Harriet H., b. Jan. 12, 1825, d. Nov. 1891. 

Mary D., b. Sept. 26, 1826, m. May 17, 1848, Otis H. Moulton. 
Abigail N., b. Oct. 19. 1829, m. Oct. 19. 1855, D. Lafayette Garfield. 
Hannah, b. Nov. i, 1832, m. Feb. 27, 1873. Luther Pierce. 

(15) Silas, b. May 5, 1835, m. 1862, Frances Hildreth. 


14. Francis^ (Martin''', Silas^, Jeremiah-^, John"*, John^ John-, 
Michael^), b. Mar. 4, 1821, m. June 8, 1857, Mary Annie, dau. 
John Gott and Lucy (Howe) Brigham, Concord, b. May 8, 1833 
d. Apr. 22, 1906. He died Aug. 12, 1905. Lived on Pleasant 
street. Children : 

Lula H., b. May 23, i860, m. 1886, George Brown. 
(16) Frank E. b. Feb. 23, 1863. 

15. Silas^ (Martin''', Silas*^, Jeremiah-'', John*, John^, John-, 
Michael^), b. May 4, 1835, m. May 14, 1863, Frances Eliza, dau. 
Franklin and Sarah P. (Haskell) Hildreth of Woodstock, Vt., 
b. May 15, 1836, d. Sept. 21, 1897. Lived at the homestead on 
Main street. Child : 

Katherine B., (adopted), b. Glasgow, Scotland, June 6, 1877, m. Dec. 
23. 1896, Clarence E. Simpson. 

16. Frank^ E. (Francis^, Martin''', Silas^, Jeremiah^, John*, 
John^, John-, Michael^), b. Feb. 23, 1863, m. Dec. 30, 1895, 
Louise Ada, dau. Charles August and Henrietta (Yorkewitz) 
Ghoerke, b. in Needhani, now Wellesley, Oct. 2, 1866. Child: 

Irene Louise, b. Nov. 21, 1896. 

Aaron'' (Stephen^, Elijah", Stephen*, Stephen^, John^, Mi- 
cliael^), b. Apr. i, 181 1, m. Apr. 11, 1836, Mary S., dau. Thomas 
and Martha (Davis) Brooks of Lincoln, b. Dec. 6, 1814, d. Jan. 
8, 1902. He died July 8, 1895. Mr. Bacon was a farmer (Pat- 
rick Slavin place on Farm street) ; although his farm was not a 
large one, it was one of the best kept in town. He was a public- 
spirited citizen, interested in the First Parish Church, the schools 
and in town improvements. He was for many years town treasur- 
er and collector of taxes. Some years before his death he sold his 
farm and moved from town, but later purchased the Gay place 
on the Clay brook road, where he passed the remaining days of 
iiis life. Children : 


Mary J., b. in Lincoln. July 31, 1837, m. Benj. N. Sawin. 

Ellen M., b. in Lincoln, Nov. 11, 1839, m. Jan. i, 1865, Albert L. 

Giles, Somerville. 
Charles A., b. in Southboro, Apr. 25, 1842, d. Feb. 18, 1852. 

(17) Albert H., b. in Southboro, Mar. i, 1845. 

Alfred A., b. in Southboro, July 22, 1847, d. May i, 1873. 

(18) Edwin F., b. in Dover, June 19, 1850. 

Charles A., b. in Dover, Apr. 26, 1853, d. June 20, 1874. 

(19) Walter T., b. in Dover, Dec. i, 1855. 

17. Albert^ H. ( Aaron S Stephen^, Elijah^, Stephen'S 
Stephen^, John-, Michael^), b. Mar. 1, 1845, ™- M^^'- 4, iS?*^, 
Annie, dau. of Warren and Harriet (Pierce) Sawin b. Jan. 25, 
1858, d. Dec. 16, 1879. He married 2ndly Dec. 25, 1881, Ella M., 
dau. Warren and Harriet (Pierce) Sawin, b. Aug. 10, 1850. With 
his brother, Edwin F. Bacon, he succeeded Linus Bliss as a 
grocer, but after a few years discontinued the business as the 
store was burned. He soon after moved to Waltham. Children : 

Walter H., b. Sept. 15, 1878. 
Chester W., b. Aug. 22, 1887. 

18. Edwin^ F. (Aaron'^, Stephen^, Elijah^, Stephen*, 
Stephen-^, John-, Michael^), b. June 19, 1850, m. Apr. 14, 1874, 
Edna L., dau. Francis G. and Hannah (Thorpe) Gay, b. Jan. 13, 
1852. He was in the grocery business with his brother for some 
years. Built the house on Springdale avenue, east of the Shoe- 
ing Forge. He had a responsible position on the estate of Ben- 
jamin P. Cheney for many years. Mr. Bacon now lives in Wal- 
tham. Child : 

Howard E., b. Sept. 4, 1884. 

19. Walter^ T. (Aaron', Stephen^, Elijah-'', Stephen^, Ste- 
phen^, John-, Michael^), b. Dec. 1855, m. June 13, 1875, Sarah 
Nellie, dau. James H. and Mercy B. (Harrub) Soule, b. Jan. 29, 
1857. He died in Waltham Jan. 13, 1904. Child: 

Sadie N., b. May 30, 1876, m. May 20, 1897, Robert John Westwood, 



Timothy''' Bailey (Timothy^, Nathan^, David^, Isaac^, John^, 
John^), son of Timothy and Betsey (Hunt) Bailey, was b. in 
Tewksbury, Jan. 13, 1807. "i- July 15, 1845, Ann Jennett, 
dau. of Sherman and Hitty (Newell) Battelle. b. Sept. 17, 
1817, d. Nov. 27, 1890. He d. Aug. 10, 1891. Mr. Bailey was 
descended from John Bailey, who came from England to 
America with a son, John. They settled in Salisbury, Tim- 
othy's grandfather married and settled in Tewksbury. He 
graduated from the Newton Theological School in 1842 and 
was ordained pastor of the Baptist Church at Oxford, Maine, 
Feb. 15, 1843, later he was pastor of the Baptist Church at 
Sincoe, Canada, where, after three years, he was prostrated 
with illness from which he never fully recovered. He retired 
from the ministry and settled in Dover. He was at one time 
the supervising member of the school committee. Children : 

Jennie A., b. Nov. i, 1847, d. June 21, 1848. 
Herbert M., b. May 5, 1849, d. Nov. 17, 1856. 
Marietta W., b. July 6, 1852. 
Howard A., b. May 13, 1854, d. Jan. 23, 1856. 
George S., b. Apr. 5, 1857. d. Aug. 29, 1862. 
Carrie D., b. Aug. 2-7, i860, d. Sept. 8, 1862. 


I. Jabez^ Baker (Timothy"*, John^, John^, Edward^), b. 
Dec. 9, 1737, m. June 11, 1767, Hannah, dau. Joshua and Mary 
(Partridge) Morse of Medfield b. 1742. He d. Jan. 6, 1823. 
Mr. Baker was descended from Edward Baker, who settled in 
1630 in that part of Lynn which is now Saugus. He is sup- 
posed to have belonged to Gov. Winthrop's Company. He 
was admitted a freeman in March, 1630. Jabez Baker lived 
on Strawberry hill on the farm later owned by his son-in- 
law, Michael Draper. Children : 

(2) Jabez, b. June 20, 1771. 

Hannah, b. Apr. 26, 1773. m. May 27, 1794, Michael Draper. 



Next to farming, the earliest occupation in Dover 


2. Jabez6 (JabezS, Timothy^, John^, John2, Edward^), b. 
June 20, 1 771. m. June 30, 1796, Abigail, dau. of Thomas and 
Abigail (Fisher) Burrage, b. Jan. 19, 1775, d. Jan. 27, 1863. 
He d. Sept. 25, 1854. Mr. Baker was a noted trader of the 
town and vicinity, an occupation that has entirely disap- 
peared, and one which carried with it the purchase of farms, 
the swapping of oxen and horses, the buying and selling of 
cows, pigs, farm produce, etc., etc. He was an early member 
of the Baptist denomination. Children: 

(3) Jabez, b. Apr. 25, 1799. 

Abigail, b. Mar. 12, 1802, d. Nov. 23, 1890. 

Mary, b. May 14, 1804, m. Nov. i, 1824, Eliakim Morse, Medfield. 

3. Jabez7 (JabezS, Jabez^, Timothy4, John^, John2, Ed- 
wardl), b. Apr. 25, 1799. m. July 20, 1823, Ann, dau. of John 
and Abigail (Pratt) Burrage, b. Dec. 21, 1800, d. Dec. 29, 1887. 
He died July 5, 1877. Mr. Baker was a farmer and inherited 
the homestead on Dedham street ; he was for many years an 
honored and respected citizen. Children : 

George Warren, b. Oct. 9, 1824, d. Oct. 21, 1894. 
Ann Matilda, b. Dec. 15, 1826, d. Jan. 16, 1896. 
Mary, b. Jan. 14, 1828, d. June 8, 1851. 
Henry, b. Oct. 11, 1837, d. Dec. 17, 1841. 


Joseph^ Emerson Baldwin (Henry^, Joseph^, Theophilus^, 
T'heophilus2, Johnl), b. in Norwich, Conn., July 30, 1824. m. 
May 15, 1854, Amy Maria, dau. Dea. Calvin and Elizabeth 
(Adams) Bigelow, b. Sept. 24, 1828, d. May 16, 1910, San 
Jose, California. Mr. Baldwin was descended in the sixth 
generation from John Baldwin of Stonington, Conn., a son of 
Sylvester Baldwin, who died on board the ship Martin, in 
the passage to America in 1638. The Baldwin line of descent 
in England has been traced through Sylvester^, Henry^, Rich- 
mond^, back to the year 1500. Joseph Emerson Baldwin 


traced his ancestry to Capt. John Mason, who led the early 
settlers against the Indians and to whose memory a statue has 
been erected at Mystic, Conn. Mr. Baldwin at the time of his 
marriage, and for some years subsequent, was an engineer on 
the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and during those years his 
family lived in Dover. Later he went into business on Water 
street, New York City, where, with his brother, he engaged in 
cork-cutting, the machinery used having been invented by his 
brother-in-law, William R. Crocker. He resided in Brooklyn 
and with his family was greatly interested in the work of 
Plymouth Church in the years when Henry Ward Beecher 
was at the height of his influence and power. Mr. Baldwin 
represented the firm as a traveling salesman and died sud- 
denly at Saratoga Springs, Sept. 29, 1885. Children: 

Abbie E., b. Dec. 12, 1856, d. Sept. 22, 1877. 

Francis E.,t b. Nov. 4, 1858, m. June 19, 1889, Laura B. Smith, res. 

Pueblo. Col., d. in San Jose. Cal.. Mar. 18, 1912. Children. 

Elizabeth Adams, b. Oct. 12, 1891, m. Norman H. Sloane. Asst. Supt. 

Monterey Forest Reservation, Santa Barbara. 

Helen Marguerite, b. Jan. i, 1896. 
Ellen F.. b. May 6, i860, d. May 5, 1865. 
Clarence A., b. Mar. 28, 1875, mechanical engineer, res. Tucaipa, Cali. 

tMr. Baldwin was educated at the School of Mines, Columbia College. Owing 
to ill health he was obliged to give up his residence in the East, and go to Colorado, 
where he lived for many years. He served as private secretary to Governor Cooper 
of Colorado. During President Harrison's administration he was the Registrar in 
the United States Land Office at Pueblo, Colorado. Later Mr. Baldwin was ad- 
mitted to the bar and practised as a land and mine attorney. A serious illness 
compelled him in 1903 to move to Calfornia and lead an out-of-door life. He 
settled in San Jose, and started up in the poultry business, making a specialty of the 
White Leghorn. He built up a business which put himi at the head of the White 
Leghorn specialists on the Pacific Coast, receiving more prizes than any other 
breeder at the different poultry shows, when the competition, in this particular 
breed, was much stronger than any other. 


I. Frederickl Barden, m. Jan. 12, 1796, Polly, dau. Robert 
Grossman, of Taunton, and settled in Dover. He was em- 
ployed by the New Mill Company, being their superintendent, 
and lived in a house long since removed near the new mill. 
Some stately elms still remain near the house spot which were 


silent witnesses of tlie life and business which once existed 
there, but which has long since disappeared. Mr. Barden was 
a quiet and respected citizen. He moved to Wakefield, N. H. 
Children : 

Polly, b. Dec. i6, 1797, m. May 8, 1820, James Wiswall, settled in 
the West. 

(2) Calvin, b. Oct. 18, 1799. 

Lucy, b. Apr. 5, 1802, m. Mr. Tappan. 

Lydia J., b. Mar. 26, 1804, m. Geo. Gray, Dover, N. H. 

(3) Frederick, b. Mar. 30, 1806. 
Bradford, b. Oct. 8, 1808, res. Andover. 

2. Calvin- (Frederick^), b. Oct. 18, 1799, m. May 7, 1827, 
Caroline, dau. of John and Abigail (Pratt) Burrage, b. May 6, 
1804, d. Apr. 25, 1855. He was a blacksmith by trade and 
owned the Stanwood farm on Dedham street. Children : 

Hiram, b. Oct. 26, 1828, d. May i, 1862. 

Mary W., b. Dec. 27, 1830, m. Nov. 28, 1871, Daniel F. Mann. 

Frederick, b. July 22, 1832, d. Feb. 8, 1870. 

Anna, b. Aug. 7, 1835, d. Jan. 13, 1843. 

3. Frederick- (Frederick^), b. Mar. 30, 1806, m. Nov. 29, 
1832, Elizabeth, dau. Josiah and Betsey (Mann) Newell, b. 
Apr. 3, 1810, d. Sept. 24, 1884. He d. Sept. 25, 1877. Mr. 
Barden was for many years a beloved citizen of Newton, the 
place of his adoption, and was a very successful manufacturer. 
His early life was spent in work in the rolling inills at Dover, 
later at Wareham, with a year at Pembroke, Maine, where 
he was employed in setting up large mills. He derived from 
nature "an agreeable person, a sound constitution, a solid un- 
derstanding, and a benevolent heart." About 1845 he settled 
in Newton Upper Falls and built mills which employed some 
forty men, doing a business which sometimes involved two 
hundred thousand dollars a year. In all the years of his busi- 
ness life he never had a strike; he gave his workmen what 
was just and right, and they loved him as a father. He was 
very frank and had a racy Saxon speech which sometimes 


bordered on bluntness. He was a man of unbounded cheer- 
fulness and always carried with him the sunshine of a cheer- 
ful greeting. Mr. Barden represented Newton in the Legis- 
lature, and was the last representative of that town elected 
by the Whig party. He made vigorous war against rum sell- 
ers who sought to establish themselves in the village of his 
residence in order to gain the wages of the working men. 
He was generous and distributed of his means with a liberal 
hand and a large sympathy always went with his gifts. He 
was a deacon in the Channing Church at New-ton. Mr. Bar- 
den always took a deep interest in the First Parish Church 
of his native town and endowed its Parish Library. His life 
is worthy of emulation ; in all public enterprises he was al- 
ways willing to do his part. "The temptations in business 
never bent his uprightness, the struggles of hard times never 
hardened his heart."' In the great school of life, through 
labor and hardship, he built up a character which was strong, 
tender and helpful to those around him. A friend said : "His 
neighbors all admired, honored and loved him." 


I. Clement- Bartlett (William^), b. Apr. lo, 1795, m. 1824, 
Frances T. Whittemore, b. Nov. 18, 1805, d. Oct. 3, 1850. He 
m. 2ndly 1855 Mrs. Nancy (Everett) Draper, widow Charles 
Draper, who d. Nov., 1876. He died Mar. 2, 1870. Mr. Bart- 
lett was a farmer and lived on Strawberry hill. He was a 
deacon in the Baptist Church and a respected citizen. He was 
born in Plymouth, but removed with his father to Norway, 
Maine, when five years old. Mr. Bartlett first settled in West 
Roxbury, later in West Dedham, and still later took up his 
residence in Dover. 

Henryt L., b. July, 1826, m. Feb., 1853, Mary A. Wiggin, 
West Dedham, m. 2ndly 1879, Elvina F. Russell, of Roxbury. 

tAll born in Dedham. 



Frances E.. b. Jan. 1828, d. Oct. 1829. 
Alfred L., b. June 1830, d. at sea, May, 1853. 
Anna E., b. June, 1832, d. Apr., 1897. 
Jane H., b. Oct. 1835, m. 1856, Joseph Young, Boston. 
(2) Andrew W., b. July 1837, m. 1861, Margaret J. Fearing. 
Francis A., b. Dec. 1846. 

2. Andrew^ W. (Clement-, William^), b. July, 1837, m. 
Aug. 31, 1861, Margaret J., dau. Perez L. and Margaret (Cor- 
thell) Fearing, b. Mar. 9, 1839, d. Feb. 18, 1888. He died at 
Beaufort, S. C, Feb. 28, 1864. Child: 

Margaret E., b. July 28, 1863, m. Apr. 30, 1882, Herbert L. Fuller, 
res. Waltham. 

3. Albert- Bartlett (Davidi), b. in West Newbury, Oct. 7, 
1818, m. Nov., 1855, Dolly Ann, dau. Jonathan and Philenia 
(Webster) Williams, born at Hampstead, N. H., Aug. 22, 
1827, d. Sept. 12, 1889. He d. Apr. 3, 1896. Mr. Bartlett set- 
tled in Reading, where he lived until 1873, when he moved to 
Dover, having purchased the Fred B. Rice place on Farm 
street. Children : 

Anna Alberteen, b. July 11, 1861, m. Nov. 16, 1881, Geo. Battelle. 
Lennie Williams, b. May 24, 1863, a teacher in Somerville. 


I. Eugene 1^, Batchelder (SamueP, Samuel^, Jonathan''', Jon- 
athan^, John^, John^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel-, Stephen^), was 
born in New Ipswich, N. H., Nov. 13, 1822, m. June 16, 1864, 
Caroline, dau. David and Emma Deshon. He died Oct. 8, 
1878. Mr. Batchelder was a son of the Hon. Samuel Batch- 
elder, a pioneer in the industry of cotton manufactures in the 
United States. His mother was a daughter of Gen. John Mont- 
gomery. This family is descended from the Rev. Stephen 
Batchelder, a leading non-conformist minister, who lived in 
various places in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Mr. 


Batchelcler was graduated from the Law School of Harvard 
University in 1845. He was remarkable for his acquaintance 
with English, German and French literature. He wrote many 
poems, some being set to music. One of his longer poems 
was published in book form under the title, "The Romance of 
the Sea Serpent.'' It passed through several editions. He 
had an interesting lecture in verse, which he often delivered. 
He engaged in farming and for many years owned the Forbes 
place on Main street. Child : 

Maude Montgomery, b. Apr. 28, 1872. 

2. John- P. Bachelder (Philipi), b. in Jay, Me., May 7, 
1825, m. Nov. 14, 1850, Martha B., dau. Jared and Hannah 
(Richards) Allen, b. Jan. 4, 1820, d. Oct. 6, 1884. He died 
Feb. 23, 1893. ^I^- Bachelder was on the road selling ladders 
for several years but succeeded to the Allen homestead on 
Pegan hill. The business of marketing — the selling of veal, 
butter, eggs, berries, and all kinds of farm produce — had been 
carried on for many years by his brother-in-law, Sumner Al- 
len, from the Pegan hill farm. After Mr. Allen's death in 
1865, Mr. Bachelder succeeded to the business, which he con- 
tinued until seriously injured in Newton, after which time 
the business was discontinued. He was one of the early own- 
ers of a mowing machine, and did much mowing for farmers 
before mowing machines became common. Children : 

Philip Allen, b. iMar. 14. 1854, ™- Dec. 13, 1876. 

Mary E. Farrington, res. Everett. 

Hannah R., b. Aug. 4. 1856, d. Feb. 23, 1859. 

Jared Allen, b. Apr. 21. 1859, m. Apr. 18, 1880, Annie M. Greer. 


I. Thomas^ Battelle, the emigrant, m. Sept. 5, 1648, Mary, 

Note. — In the earliest records the name is spelled both "Battle" and "Battelle." 
On the petition of Jonathan Battle of Dover, the latter spelling was authorized 
by the General Court in 1821. 


dau. Joshua and Mary Fisher, d. August 6, 1691. He died 
Feb. 8, 1705. The name Battelle seems to have been of Nor- 
man origin; it is found in England as early as the 12th cen- 
tury and has two coats of arms. Thomas Battelle's property 
as assessed seems to have been above the average. Mr. Battelle 
settled in Dedham about the time of his marriage, where he 
was admitted a freeman in 1654. He was prominent in the 
early history of the town, being for many years a school 
master and for a time town clerk. He was for five years one 
of the selectmen of Dedham, and one of the first settlers west 
of Strawberry hill. He acquired the farm of Lieut. Andrew 
Dewin on the Clay brook road in 1669, where the outline of 
the cellar is still visible, near the picnic grounds of the late 
Benjamin N. Sawin. This was the original Battelle home- 
stead and was the home of his son, Jonathan, in 1726, at which 
time he deeded it to his son, Nathaniel. Thomas Battelle had 
grants which are very definite in locating his land. "Granted 
to Thomas Battle half an acre of upland and meadow bot- 
tom as it lieth near the Great Brook, near Natick, bounded 
by his own land southeast, the way to the brook, and by the 
brook in all other parts." In taking steps to lay out a road 
from Noanet's brook westward to an "Elbowe of ye River" in 
1692, Thomas Battelle's "old field" is spoken of, which shows 
that he had cultivated land in the vicinity. Children : 

(2) John, b. July i, 1652. 

Sarah, b. Aug. 8, 1654, m. Oct. 25, 1679, Silas Titus. 

(3) Jonathan, b. July 24, 1658. 

Martha, b. Aug. 9, 1660, d. Dec. 28, 1674. 

Mary, b. May 6, 1650, m. Mar. 20, 1677, John Briant. Scituate. 

Daniel, b. July i, 1687, d. Feb. 10, 1717-8. 

2. John2 (Thomas^), b. July i, 1652, m. Nov. 18, 1678, Han- 
nah, dau. Thomas and Experience (Leland) Holbrook. He 
d. Sept. 30, 1713. Mr. Battelle lived on the place best known 
as the Farrington farm on Main street, which he received 
from his father. He is believed to have moved to Dedham 


about 1712, having given his farm to his son, John, Jr. Chil- 
dren : 

Hannah, b. July 26, 1680. 
tMary, b. Mar. 12, 1683-4. m. July 9, 1712, Eleazer Allen. 

(4) John. b. Oct. 20, 1687. 

(5) Ebenezer, b. Jan. 2, 1690. 

tSome genealogists have thought that Eleazer Allen, married Mary, daughter of 
Jonathan and Mary (Onion) Battelle ; both were of marriageable age, but no 
documentary evidence has been found that is proof in either case. 

3. Jonathan- (Thomas^) b. July 24, 1658, m. Apr. 15, 1690, 
Mary Onion. He lived on the homestead on the Clay Brook 
road, which he sold to his son, Nathaniel, in 1726-7. Children: 

Martha, b. Mar. 13, 1691. m. June 20, 1716, Ralph Day. 

(6) Jonathan, b. Jan. 3. 1692-3. 

Mary, b. July 4, 1694, d. Sept. 9, I7i9(') 
Sarah, b. Oct. 20, 1698, d. Aug. i. 1720. 
Abigail, b. Dec. 11, 1709. 

(7) Nathaniel, b. 1701. 

4. John^ (John-, Thomasi), b. Oct. 20, 1687, "''• Jan. 19, 
1710-11, Abigail, dau. John and Mary (Mason) Draper, b. De- 
cember, 1686. He died Feb. 14, 1729-30. Children: 

Abigail, b. July 12, 1713, m. Thomas Morse. 

(8) John, b. Apr. 30, 1718. 

Mary, b. Dec. 14, 1721, m. Sept. 14, 1742, Matthew Hastings. 
James, b. Sept. 19. 1728, m. Oct. 12, 1749, Anna Mills, Needham, 
settled in Tyringham, where he died, 1813. 

5. Ebenezer^ (John^, Thomas^), b. Jan. 2, 1690-1, m. Mar. 
31, 1715, xA.bigail, dau. John and Sarah Gay, b. 1690, d. May 26, 
1716, m. 2ndly Aug. 8, 1717, Abigail, dau. Joseph and Hannah 
(Sabin) Allen of Medfield, b. 1694), m. 3rdly June 16, 1747, 
Zipporah Ellis. He died Mar. 6, 1759. Believed to have lived 
on Strawberry hill. Children : 

Abigail, b. 1716, d. May 23, 1720. 

Hannah, b. Oct. 26, 1719. d. Dec. 17, 1719. 

Abigail, b. Mar. 31, 1721, m. Nathaniel Smith. 

Hannah, b. May 31, 1723, m. Jonathan Day. 

Mary, b. July 12, 1725, m. Apr. 30, 1747, William Fisher, Douglas. 

(9) Ebenezer, b. Jan. 10, 1729-30, m. May 23, 1751, Prudence Draper. 
Rebecca, b. Nov. 29, 1748, m. July 10, 1770, John Whiting, Jr. 


6. Jonathan^ (Jonathan^, Thomas^), b. Jan. 3, 1692-3, m. 
Feb. 2, 1722, Elizabeth, dau. Zachariah and Abiel (Ellis) Barber, 
b. 1700. He lived on the homestead on Main street, corner 
Haven street. Sanitary conditions have greatly improved in 
farm life; there are those who remember, before the day of 
screened doors and windows how house flies swarmed In the 
homes. On the first cold morning in the fall before the fire was 
kindled, the housekeeper often swept down a pint of flies which 
had gathered on the ceiling at the top of the room. In cases of 
consumption and fevers flies spread contagion through the neigh- 
borhood. Children : 

Sarah, b. Nov. 20, 1722. 
(10) Jonathan, b. May 30, 1724. 

Thomas, b. Jan. 5, 1725, m. Oct. 8, 1750, Deborah Dunton, res. 
(11) Ebenezer, b. Jan. 7, 1727-8. 
Elizabeth, b. May 19, 1730. 
Timothy, b. July 14, 1732. 
Mary, b. Oct. 28, 1735. 

7. Nathaniel^ (Jonathan^, Thomas^), b. 1701, m. Feb. 6, 
1726-7, Tabitha, dau. Samuel and Deborah Morse of Sherborn, 
b. Feb. 2, 1 701 -2, d. Apr. 12, 1764, m. 2ndly, Nov. 29 1764, Si- 
lence, dau. Stephen and Silence (Partridge) Kingsbury of 
Wrentham. While there is no record of his birth, he is known 
to have been a son of Jonathan Battelle through the following 
transfer of real estate: Jonathan Battelle sold Nov. 14, 1725-6, 
to his son Nanthaniel "twenty-four acres of land with the build- 
ings thereon on Clay brook road (Thomas Battelle place). 
After a time Mr. Battelle sold his farm in the Springfield Parish 
to his son and moved to South Natick, having purchased the 
farm now known as the Wiggin place. He died in Natjck in 
1778. Children: 

Tabitha. b. June 25. 1731, m. Oct. 31, 1754, John Jones, Esq. 
Silence, b. Nov. 15. 1734, m. Jan. 28, 1758, John Perry, Sherborn. 
Martha, b. Jan. 6, 1736-7, m. James Mellen, Framingham. 
(12) Nathaniel, b. Aug. 24, 1740. 


8. John^ (John^, John2, Thomas^), b. Apr. 30, 1718, m. Apr. 
26, 1739, Mehitable, dau. of William Sherman of Connecticut, d. 
Feb. 5, 1807. He inherited his father's farm on Main street. 
Mrs. Battelle's brother, Roger Sherman, was a signer of the 
Declaration of Independence. When the First Parish was or- 
ganized, Mr. Battelle made a determined effort to have the 
Meeting-house built near what later became the site of the Bap- 
tist chapel, but failing in this, he was loyal to the church, and 
when Mr. Caryl was ordained in 1762 entertained the Council at 
his own expense. Children : 

(13) John, b. Oct. II, 1741. 

Mehitable, b. Dec. 25, 1743, m. 1762, Moses Richards. 
Olive, b. June, 5, 1746. 

William, b. Aug. 15, 1748, settled in Torrington, Conn. 
Unity, b. June 6, 1751, d. Sept. 20, 1754. 

(14) Josiah, b. July 15, 1756. 
Olive, b. Jan. 19, 1760. 

9. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, John-, Thomas^), b. Jan. 10, 1729- 
30, m. May 23, 1751, Prudence, dau. Ebenezer and Dorothy 
(Child) Draper, b, Apr. 13, 1734. She m. July 3, 1777, Joshua 
Whiting, m. 3rdly Sept. i, 1784, Maj. Jonathan Day. He d. Nov. 
6, 1776. Mr. Battelle took an active part in the affairs which 
led up to the Revolution. He was one of the Committee of 
three to erect the Pillar of Liberty on the Dedham church green, 
and was associated with Dr. Ames and the Rev. Mr. Haven in 
procuring the wooden bust of William Pitt, which surmounted 
the "Pillar of Liberty." He sold his farm on Strawberry hill in 
1772, but it is believed that he had previously moved to Westfield 
street in the Dedham First Parish. Ebenezer, Jr., graduated 
from Harvard and for some years was a bookseller in Boston, 
being the founder of the present firm of Little. Brown & Com- 
pany, the oldest publishing house in the United States. He went 
with the pioneer emigrants to Marietta and later settled at 
Newport, Ohio. Children : 

Prudence, b. July 25, 1752, d. Aug. 10, 1752. 
Ebenezer, b. Feb. 4, 1754, m. Nancy Durant. 


Prudence, b. Feb. 27, 1756, m. Feb. 27, 1776, Lieut. Timothy Stowe. 

Abigail, b. May 6, 1758, d. Jan. 29, 1773. 

Sarah, b. July 26, 1760, m. Nov. 14, 1781, Reuben Newell, Needham. 

Joseph, b. Apr. 23, 1763, d. young. 

Lucy, b. Dec. 10, 1764, m. Eleazer Everett, Francestown, N. H. 

Anna, b. Jan. 12, 1768, m. May 18, 1786, Jonathan Fisher, Needham. 

Dolly, b. Feb. 24, 1770, m. Rev. Jonathan Fisher, Blue Hill, Maine. 

Hannah, b. May 24, 1772, m. Joel Smith. 

Abigail, b. Aug. 11, 1774, m. Solomon Harw^ood. 

10. Jonathan* (Jonathan^ Jonathan^ Thomas^), b. May 30. 
1724, m. Jan. 2, 1754, Love, dau. Mark and Tabitha (Mellen) 
Whitney of Framingham. He d. 175 — ; she m. 2ndly, June 11, 
1767, Barachias Mason of Medfield and was the grandmother of 
Prof. I-owell Mason, in his day the foremost musician in Amer- 
ica. Barachias Mason was a Harvard graduate, a land surveyor, 
school master, singing school teacher and innholder. 

Mr. Battelle lived on his father's farm on Main street. The 
children in our public schools may be surprised to learn thai 
slaves had a suffrage existence in the colony of Massachusetts 
Bay for many years previous to the Revolution. George Sheldon 
in an article on Negro Slavery in Old Deerfield says: "There 
can be no dispute that for more than a hundred years before 
the foot of a slave was allowed to pollute the soil of Georgia, 
men, women and children were bought and sold and held and 
worked by the leading dignitaries of the Puritan Colony, and 
on the death of their owners were mentioned in their estates as 

Slaves were owned in Dedham and their existence in the 
Springfield Parish is brought to our notice in the will of Na- 
thaniel Battelle, who bequeathed to his wife, May 4, 1758, one 
negro boy about 4 years old, one cow, etc. This shows that slaves 
were owned in town after the organization of the Parish. Slav- 
ery existed here in its mildest form and slaves became in a meas- 
ure like members of the family. Child : 

Timothy, b. Sept. 21, 1756, was a storekeeper in Medfield. 

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11. EbenezeH (Jonathan-^, Jonathan-, Thomas^), b. Jan. 7, 
iy2'j-%, m. 1752, Hannah, dau. of Hezekiah and Elizabeth 
(Draper) Allen, d. July 2, 1785, m. 2ndly, Mrs. Lois (Adams) 
Draper, widow of James Draper, d. Aug. 28, 1818. He died Feb. 
18, 1806. He first settled the farm owned by the late Elbridge 
L. Mann, but after the death of his brother Jonathan he re- 
turned to the homestead on Main street. He was one of three 
persons from the Springfield Parish selected by the town of 
Dedham in 1773 to see that none of the inhabitants drank India 
tea, the town having previously voted that none should be drunk 
in the township. He was Captain of the Dover Company of 
sixty-six minute men, who marched at the Lexington Alarm and 
also served in Col. Mcintosh's Regiment in fortifying Dorches- 
ter Heights. He furnished clothes made by Dover housewives 
to the Continental Army, for which he was paid 381 pounds and 
2 shillings in 1780. Children: 

Hannah, b. Dec. 25, 1753, m. Jesse Fisher, Dedham. 

(15) Ebenezer, b. Dec. 2, 1755. 

(16) Hezekiah, b. Jan. 12, 1758. 

(17) Jonathan, b. Nov. 17, 1761. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 28. 1764, m. 1782, Barak Smith. 

Polly, b. Aug. 5, 1774, m. May 27, 1794, Luther Richards. 

Hetty, b. Aug. 8. 1777, m. Apr. 8, 1801, Ira Cleveland. Hopkinton. 

12. Nathaniel (Nathaniel^, Jonathan-, Thomas^), b. Aug. 

24, 1740, m. Mary . He was the first person from the 

Springfield Parish to receive a college education, having gradu- 
ated at Harvard in 1765. He taught the Dover school in 1778. 
He last lived on the David Wight place on Dedham street, and 
had descendants who lived in Maiden. Children : 

Nathaniel, b. , settled in Beauford, S. C. 

Mary, b. , m. Isaac Murry of Lexington. 

Thomas, b. , Merchant of Boston. 

Jonathan, b. , Merchant of Savannah, Ga. 

Richard, b. , Merchant. 

John, b. Nov. 22, 1788. 

Ebenezer, b. Apr. 15, 1791, Merchant of Savannah, Ga. 

Tabitha \ u c ^ o 

Sarah S ' ^^^^\ ^^' '^^^- 

Harriet, b. , lived in Mendon. 






13. John-"* (John^ John^, John^, Thomas^), b. Oct. 11, 1741, 
m. Nov. 10, 1762, Hannah, dau. Josiah and Hannah (Whiting) 
Richards, b. Nov. i, 1741. Children: 

Rufus, b. Apr. 4, 1764. 

Phineas, b. Nov. 19, 1767. 

Moses, b. May 7, 1770. 

Sherman, b. Feb. 6, 1774. 

Lucy, b. Apr. 5, 1776, m. David Cleveland. 

Rebecca, b. July 9, 1778, m. Chas. Faskett. 

John, b. Oct. 14, 1780. 

Hannah, b. June 10, 1787, m. Jonathan Woolley. 

14. Josiah^ (John^, John^, John^, Thomas^), b. May 15, 1756, 
m. Lucy, dau. Josiah and Hannah (Whiting) Richards, d. Oct. 
22, 1822, m. 2ndly, Olive Turner of Walpole ; she married 2ndly, 
Aug. 23, 1835, Nathaniel Capen. Mr. Battelle d. Oct. 5, 1834. 
He was a farmer and lived on the homestead on Main street. 
Children : 

Betsey, b. Jan. 29, 1782, m. Apr. 20, 1817, John Brown. 
Lucy, b. Aug. 25, 1885, m. Feb. 1809, Reuben Griggs. 

(18) Josiah, b. Oct. 18, 1787. 

(19) Sherman, b. Oct. 29, 1791. 

(20) Rufus, b. Aug. 19, 1794. 

(21) Roger Sherman, b. Oct. 16, 1796. 

(22) Elbridge, b. May i, 1813. 

15. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Thomas^), 
b. Dec. 2, 1755, m. 1783, Hannah Richards. He died Jan. 7, 
1810. She m. 2ndly Jan. 30, 181 5, Abner Fitts, Andover, Vt. 

He lived on the Jonathan Battelle homestead on Main street. 
He sold half of the house and two pieces of land to his son-in- 
law, John Harding, in 1811. Children: 

Julia, b. May 12, 1784, m. 1810, John Harding. 

Hannah, b. Sept. 10, 1787, d. Apr. 23, 1870. 

Ebenezer, b. Aug. 21, 1789, res. Fair Grove, Mich. 

Luther, b. Aug. 19, 1791. Went West. 

Zippa, b. June 2.^, 1793. 

Lucy, b. Apr. 9, 1797, d. Sept. 16, 1798. 

Emmory. b. Oct. 28, 1799, d- Mar. i. 1804. 

Cyrus, b. May 5, 1802, settled in New York State. 

Timothy, b. Dec. 6, 1804, settled in Michigan. 


16. Hezekiah^ (Ebenezer^, Jonathan-^ Jonathan^, Thomas^), 
b. Jan. 12, 1758, m. Oct. 12, 1782, Mary Mansell of Scituate, b. 
Dec. 27, 1761, d. 1853. He died Mar. 22, 1819. He served in 
the Revolutionary Army as a musician, was a farmer and cord- 
wainer. Farms can degenerate as well as individuals. The 
Hezekiah Battelle farm, now overgrown, with its crumbling 
cellar, was once one of the best and most productive farms in 
town. ]\Ir. Battelle was a good farmer, and is said to have cut 
more hay to the acre than any other farmer in Dover. Before 
the development of the dairy, grass was not cultivated as much 
as at present. His farm was on Centre street, but was long 
since abandoned. Hezekiah, Jr., graduated from Brown Uni- 
versity in 1816, was a lawyer for many years in Fall River. 
William, who settled in Great Barrington, represented the town 
in the Legislature for two terms. Was a baker, also lived in 
Chicago and Brooklyn. Moved to Providence about 1840, where 
he continued to live. Children : 

Polly, b. Sept. 7, 1785. m. Apr. 25. 1809, Joel Sawin. 
Hezekiah, b. May 2, 1790. graduated from Brown in 1816, res. Fall 

Rebecca, b. . m. 1817, Wesley P. Balch, Medfield. 

William M.. b. , settled in Great Barrington. 

17. Jonathan^ (Ebenezer^, Jonathan-', Jonathan-. Thomas^), 
b. Nov. 17, 1761, m. Mercy, dau. Ralph and Mary (Ellis) Day, 
d. Feb. 28, 1841. He died Jan. 8, 1840. Mr. Battelle was a 
deacon in the First Parish Church. He owned the farm on 
Centre street, near Fisher's Bridge, which was first owned by 
Nathaniel Whiting. His son, Leonard Battelle, organized the 
first Sunday school in Dover in 1818— he settled in Needham.. 
Children : 

Hannah, b. July 6, 1785. m. Apr. 7, 1808, George Cleveland. 

(23) Jonathan, b. Nov. 6, 1786. 

(24) Ralph, b. Feb. 13, 1790. 

Clarissa, b. May 10, 1792, m. Leonard Morse, of Sherborn. 
Leonard, b. Sept. 2"], 1795, d. Mar. 24, 1841. 
Mercy, b. Feb. 6, 1798. d. Oct. 14, 1800. 


Adaline, b. Sept. 14, 1801, m. July 20, 1821, Benj. Converse of 

Isaac, b. Oct. 25, 1805, d. Mar. 30, 1808. 
Mehitable, b. July 27, 1807, m. Nov. 29, 1832, Elijah Perry, Natick. 

18. Josialr' (Josiah'*. John^, John^, Thomas^), b. Oct. 18, 
1787, m., 1812, Sukey, dau. Converse and Ann (Parks) Bigelow 
of Sherborn, m. 2ndly Mrs. Maria (Holbrook) Goulding. He 
built the house now owned by Charles S. Damrell on land which 
was originally a part of his father's farm. He was a whip maker 
by trade. Children : 

Elbridge, b. May i, 1813, res. Newburyport. 

Mary A., b. July 24, 1815, m. 1835, Frederick Leland, Sherborn. 
William B., b. Oct. i, 1818, m. Julia Gay, res. Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Susannah, b. July, 14, 1819, m. Apr. 26, 1845, Caleb Lambard, Wellfleet. 
Sumner, b. Aug. 3, 1821, d. Oct. 5, 1831. 

Sally Ann. b. Oct. i, 1826, m. May 28. 1848, Chas. L. Drown, New- 
Josiah Edwin, b. Aug. 6, 1830, res. Sherborn. 
George Sumner, b. Mar. 23. 1832, res. Worcester. 
Freeman, b. June 14, 1836. res. Holliston. 

19. Sherman^ (Josiah^, John^, John^, Thomas^), b. Oct. 29, 
1791, m., 1815, Hitty, dau. Jesse and Hitty (Allen) Newell, b. 
Oct. 7, 1795, d. July 13, 1842; m. 2ndly, 1843, Mrs. Miranda 
(Turner) Twitchell of Petersboro, N. H., d. Aug. 14, 1887. He 
died Dec. 24, 1870. Mr. Battelle lived on Main street in a house 
built by himself. He was one of the founders and a liberal sup- 
porter of the Baptist Church. It was through an exchange of 
land made with him that the chapel was moved from Charles 
River to the site which it formerly occupied on Springdale av- 
enue. Children : 

(25) Eleazer Allen, b. Dec. 4, 1815. 

Ann Jennett, b. Sept. 17. 1817, m. 1845, Rev. Timothy Bailey. 
Monroe Lafayette, b. Feb. 23, 1824, res. New York City. 
Caroline N,, b. Nov. 18, 1831, m. Oct. 8. 1851, Abner L. Derby. 
Roger Sherman, b. July 19, 1849, res. San Francisco, Cali. 

20. Rufus^ (Josiah*. John^, John-, Thomas^), b. Aug. 19. 
1794, m. May 29, 1823, Lydia, dau. Daniel and Rachel (Allen) 


Mann. b. July 14, 1804, cl. Feb. 11, 1878. He d. Feb. 4, 1878. 
Mr. Battelle was a wheelwright and carried on his business for 
many years in the shop near his house on Farm street. Children : 

Lydia J., b. Feb. 23, 1824, m. 1845. John Adams. 

Geo. H., b. Oct. 4, 1825, d. Apr. 25, 1902. 

Caroline A., b. Sept. 12, 1827. 

Ann Frances, b. Aug. 4, 1830, m. 1851, Martin Derby. 

Cyrus Freeman, b. Dec. 15, 1833. . 

Maria Josephine, b. Mar. 11, 1837, m. Asa Bean, d. Apr. 23, 1915. 

Emma Elizabeth, b. July 8, 1840, m. Jan. 5, 1876, Irving Colburn. 

21. Roger^ Sherman Qosiah*, John^, John-, Thomas^), b. 
Oct. 16, 1796, m. July I, 1818, Betsey, dan. John and Maria 
(Turner) Brown. He d. Nov. 6, 1838. Children: 

Andrew Jackson, b. Aug. 8, 1825, res. Stockton, Cali. 
Joseph Henry, b. Feb. 8, 1836, res. Providence, R. I. 

22. Elbridge-"^ (Josiah*, John^, John-, Thomas'^), b. May i, 
1813, m. Elizabeth. Children : 

George E. (born in Pawtucket), Mar. 17, 1835. 
Everett, b. Feb. 10, 1838. 
Eugene, b. Mar. 2, 1841. 
Minerva, b. Oct. 10, 1843. 

23. Jonathan^ (Jonathan^, Ebenezer*, Jonathan^, Jonathan^ 
Thomas^), b. Nov. 6, 1786, m. Apr. 19, 1810, Hannah, dau. 
Amos and Hannah (Morse) Wight, b. Sept. 6, 1790, d. Dec. 18, 
1877. He died Mar. 21, 1848. Mr. Battelle settled on his 
father-in-law's farm — the Wight homestead on Farm street. He 
was an enterprising business man and run in connection with 
his large farm a beef and pork packing business, a grocery store, 
and at one time had a restaurant in Roxbury. His ancient fur- 
niture, copper measures and industrial articles make a collection 
of unusual interest, which his grandson has preserved. Child : 

(26) John, b. July 4, 181 1. 

24. Ralph*^ (Jonathan^, Ebenezer*, Jonathan^, Jonathan-, 
Thomas^), b. Feb. 13, 1790, m. Sept. 7, 1814, Patty, dau. William 


Pitt and Kazia (Mason) Allen, b. Jan. 3, 1796, d. Oct. 28, 1848, 
m. 2ndly, Sept. 23, 1849, Rachel A., dau. Daniel and Rachel 
(Allen) Mann, b. Aug. 12, 1807, d. June 4, 1888. Mr. Battelle 
was a deacon in the First Parish Church, a prominent citizen and 
several times elected a member of the board of selectmen. He 
lived for many years on Walpole street, where his children were 
born. He d. Mar. 8, 1878. Evening religious meetings were 
not held in Dover previous to the organization of the Baptist and 
Second Congregational Churches. Dr. Sanger called such gath- 
erings "night meetings," and discouraged holding them as he 
believed they would be found detrimental to the morals of the 
young, especially young women. 

Deacon Ralph Battelle of Medfield, who communicated this 
information, arranged to hold some "night meetings/' but gave 
them up after the first meeting at the request of Dr. Sanger. 
Children : 

Ralph A., b. Jan. 30, 1816, m. Apr. 14, 1842, Charlotte E. Hutson, res. 

Martha, b. Jan. 5, 1818, d. Mar. 9, 1840. 

Willard, b. Jan. 2, 1822, m. Jan. 28. 1846. Lavinia Lovell, re.s. Taunton. 
Caroline, b. Sept. 23, 1826, m. Jan. 8, 1853, Daniel W. Phillips, D.D., 

d. Nashville. Tenn., June 17, 1886. 
Mary C, b. Nov. 29, 1833. m. Nov. 29, 1855, Samuel D. Keith, m. 

2ndly, Dec. 6, 1864, Joseph H. Baker of Medfield, d. Sept. i, 1902. 

25. Allen^ Eleazer (Sherman^, Josiah-*, John^, John^, 
Thomas^), b. Dec. 4, 181 5, m. Oct. 16, 1855, Marcia J., dau. 
Joseph and Olive (Gushing) Baker, b. Nov. 28, 1833, d. Aug. 24, 
1858, m. 2ndly Oct. 19, 1870, Emily, dau. Sumner and Nancy 
(Carpenter) McKenney. He died Nov. 11, 1896. Mr. Battelle 
was a graduate of Worcester Academy and the Newton Theo- 
logical School. He was ordained and first settled over the Bap- 
tist Church in Hudson and later preached at Marshfield, Rock- 
port, West Townsend, Middleboro, South Yarmouth, Dover, 
West Sutton, Sandersfield and Belchertown. He was much in- 
terested in the cause of temperance and education. At one time 


he was Superintendent of Dover Schools. He acquired his 
father's farm on Main street. Children : 

Marcia E., b. June 17, 1858, ni. Nov. 1878, Everett Colburn, So. Natick. 
George Allen, b. Sept. 1872, d. Aug. 31, 1891. 
Judson Sumner, b. Apr. 1875. 

26. John^ (Jonathan^"*, Ebenezer-*, Jonathan^, Jonathan^, 
Thomas^), b. July 4, 181 1, m. May 29, 1850, Mary D., dau. Jon- 
athan P. and Eliza (Harding) Bishop, b. 1822, d. Jan. 23, 1863, 
m. 2ndly, Feb. i, 1866, Ruby E., dau. Eleazar and Esther 
(Morse) Perry, b. Dec. 28, 1814, d. Dec. 12, 1893. He d. Nov. 
II, 1884. Mr. Battelle was a prominent citizen and for several 
years a member of the board of selectmen. Mrs. Ruby E. Bat- 
telle was a devout member of the Baptist Church, a strong tem- 
perance advocate, and a consistent Christian woman. When in 
her last illness she was told by her physician that a strong alco- 
holic stimulant was all that could save her life, she said : "No, 
doctor, I cannot take it. having advocated temperance all my life 
I will not now take whiskey to save my life. If I should do this, 
what would my word and example be worth among my neigh- 
bors and friends?" Mr. Battelle inherited his father's farm on 
Farm street. Children: 

Caroline B., b. Jan. 13. 1851, d. Mar. 6, 1857. 
Hannah E., b. July 14, 1853, d. Mar. 21, 1857. 
John Elias, b. Dec. 11, 1855, res. Burbank, Call. 
Anna Mann, b. Jan. 3, 1858, m. Frank M. Jennings, res. Bissell, 
(27) George, b. Aug. 23, i860. 

27. George'^ (John^, Jonathan^, Ebenezer'*, Jonathan^, Jona- 
than^, Thomas^), b. Aug. 23, i860, m. Nov. 16, 1881, Anna A., 
dau. Albert and Dolly Ann (Williams) Bartlett, b. July 11, 1861. 
He occupies the Battelle homestead on Farm street. Mr. Bat- 
telle united with farming for some years a large wholesale grain 
business, receiving each month several carloads of grain, direct 


from the West, which he sold to the milk-producing farmers of 
the vicinity. Child : 

Ward, Winfred. b. Mar. 19, 1883. 

28. Ward^ Winfred (George^, John^, Jonathan^, Ebenezer*, 
Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Thomas^), b. Mar. 19, 1883, m. Apr. 12, 
191 1, Linda Swain, dau. Walter Herbert and Eliza (Barney) 
Burgess. Children : 

Rachel Burgess, b. Feb. 25, 1912. 
Miriam Burgess, b. Feb. 25, 1912. 


Charles^ S. Bean (lames'^ M., James^ O., Thomas*, Curtis-"', 
Curtis^, SamueP, John^), was born May 22, 1855, in Brownville, 
Me. His mother was Annette Swan of Conway. Mr. Bean m. 
May 2^, 1880. Alice L, dau. Arthur F. and Emma (Pottle) 
Dodge, b. Nov. 30, i860, d. Apr. 30, lyoi. Mr. Bean is de- 
scended from John Bean, the emigrant who settled in Exeter, 
N. H., about 1660. Mr. Bean's great great grandfather, Curtis 
Bean, settled in Brownville, Me., about 1780, having previously 
lived in Poplin, N. H. He was a soldier in the Revolution and 
served in Capt. Nathan Sanborn, Co., Col. Tash, Second New 
Hampshire Regiment. His father, James Melville Bean, was a 
prosperous farmer and an esteemed citizen. His son has been 
for many years a resident of Dover, having purchased the 
Sawyer place on Strawberry hill. Mr. Bean is a member of the 
board of selectmen and greatly interested in the institutions of 
the town. He has for many years represented a Boston firm of 
flour merchants. Children : 

Frank A., b. Mar. 13, 1882. res. Brownville. Maine. 

Clarence G.. b. Jan. 31, 1885. d. June 19. 1886. 

Gladys IM.. b. May 12. 1889, d. Aug. 5. 1889. 

Una H., b. May 7, 1890. m. Mar. 27, 1913, Bertrand Cole Wheeler. 


Evelyn S., b. Feb. i. 1893. 

Harold M., b. July i, 1894, d. July 4, 1901. 

Arthur L., b. Dec. 2, 1895. 


I. Calvin^ Bigelow (Converse-^, Josiah*, Thomas-^, Samuel-, 
John^) was b. in Sherborn July 30, 1790, m. Nov. 11, 1819, Eliza- 
beth, dau. Maj. Jasper and Amy (Rounds) Adams and settled 
in Dover. He was descended from John Bigelow, the progenitor 
of the American family, who was in Watertown as early as 1642, 
in which year he married Mary Warren. Calvin Bigelow was a 
blacksmith by trade and early engaged in the manufacture of 
plows. He first lived at Bliss' Corner, but later bought the Eben- 
ezer Richards farm in the easterly part of the town. Mr. Bige- 
low died Jan. 24, 1872, and Mrs. Bigelow died in Millis, Nov. 6, 
1887, aged 92 years. He was a Deacon in the Orthodox Church. 
Children : 

Francis Adams, b. July 22, 1820, d. Aug. 5. 1820. 

William Adams, b. Aug. 31, 1821. res. Elmira, N. Y. 

Elizabeth M., b. Mar. 19, 1823, d. Jan. 13. 1829. 

Francis C, b. Nov. 26, 1824, res. Worcester. 

Calvin, b. June 17, 1826, m. Dec. 23, 1870. Lucy C. Daniels, E. Med- 

way, res. Boston. 
Amy Maria, b. Sept. 24, 1828, m. May 15, 1854, Joseph E. Baldwin. 
(2) Charles M., b. July 11. 1830, d. Nov. 1892. 
Warren, b. Mar. 31, 1834, d. Feb. 20, 1835. 
Ellen E., b. Aug. 15, 1836, d. Jan. 13, 1867. 

2. Charles" M. (Calvin''', Converse'\ Josiah', Thomas-^ Sam- 
uel^, Johni), b. July 11, 1830, m. Oct. 4, i860, Hannah F., dau. 
Albert and Laura A. (Fisher) Thwing of East Medway, b. June 
23, 1826, d. May 27, 1907. He died in Holliston, Nov. 27, 1892. 
Mr. Bigelow was a farmer and for many years carried on the 
Dedham street estate. Children : 

Frank W., b. Sept. i, 1861, d. Jan. 10. 1862. 

Anna L., b. Oct. 9, 1862, m. Charles S. Pierce, res. Brockton. 

Albert T., b. Oct. 12, 1865. d. 1906. 


I. Abraham" Bigelovvj- (Isaac'^ 2nd, William''', Josiali'*, 
Thomas^, Samuel^, John^), son of Isaac and Frances (Jackson) 
Bigelow, was born in Natick, May 19, 1810, m. Mar. 6, 1831, 
Mary Brown, dau. Ebenezer and Mary (Brown) Whitney, born 
in Dorchester, Mar. 18, 1813, d. Dover, Dec. 9, 1881. He d. 
Aug. 4, 1888. Mr. Bigelow was a farmer and fruit grower. He 
lived in Natick, Sherborn and Dover. Children: 

George Henry, b. Natick, Oct. 15, 1832, m. May 25, 1867, Georg- 
iana A. Ellis, lived in Medfield and Dover, d. in Dover, 1894, 
she d. in Natick, 1904, without issue. 

(2) Edward Barton, b. Natick, Dec. 10, 1833. 

Sarah Griffin, b. Natick, Nov. 6, 1835, m. Dec. 23. 1853, John Worth- 
ington Shumway, Dover, lived in Dover, Providence, Medfield. He 
d. in Medfield, Ang. 13, 1889; she is living in Medfield, without 

Mary Frances, b. Natick, Jan. 15. 1838, m. Apr. 16, 1857, Francis E.. 
son of Maj. Eliphalet F. and Mary F. (Sisson) Mason, Dedham, 
lived in Medfield and Framingham. He was engaged in the manu- 
facture of straw goods, d. Watertown, Aug. 27, 1909. She d. Med- 
field, Nov. 20, 1908. Child: Charles Frank Mason, b. Medfield, Apr. 
13, i860, grad. Harvard College, 1882, m. Sept. 22, 1886, Helen R. 
Baker, dau. Lieut. (U. S. N.) Henry R. and Sarah S. Baker, 
of Revere, lives in Watertown, Bursar Harvard University for 
many years. Children, all born in Watertown: Hugh, b. 1890, 
grad. Harvard, 1912. Helen E., b. 1894, grad. Wellesley College, 
1916. Carol Y., b. 1902. 

.A.braham, Jr., b. Natick, Aug. 17, 1839, m. in Dover, July 10, 1867, 
Lydia A., dau. Eben and Lydia (Tucker) Higgins, b. Gloucester. 
She d. Natick, May 24, 1876, and he m. 2ndly, Mrs. Lucinda L. 
Ingram and lived many years in Wellesley, where he d. Aug. 3, 
1914. Served 3 years in the Civil War, serg't 13th Reg't Mass. 
Vols., his unassuming courage and fine soldierly qualities winning 
the highest praise of his comrades. His only child, Susie Anna, 
b. Natick, Apr. 10, 1872. m. June 6, 1894, in Newtonville, James B. 
Newell, and has children Willard B. and Philip S. 

Martha Allen, b. Sherborn. Mar. 7. 1841. d. Oct. 12, 1841. 

tMr. Bigelow's father, Isaac Bigelow, was born in Weston, being the son of 
William Bigelow, who moved about 1778 to Natick (now South Natick), and 
acquired the water privilege there. William became known there as Deacon Wii- 
liam, to distinguish him from his son, William, who was of Harvard, 1794, and a 
well-known writer and schoolmaster (Master of the Boston Latin School for some 
years). Deacon William and his wife, Hepsibah (Russell) were the originals of Dea- 
con Badger and Grandma Badger In Mrs. Stowe's Oldtown Folks. Mrs. Stowe's 
husband. Prof. Calvin E. Stowe, was a grandson of Deacon William Bigelow. Isaac 
Bigelow also figures in Oldtown Folks under the name of Uncle Jacob. Isaac and 
his brother. Col. Abraham, continued to operate and develop the water privilege at 
South Natick, digging the canal there in 1828 or 1829. Isaac built the colonial 
house, now so black and dilapidated, between the river and Glen street, just above 
the dam, and there Abraham Bigelow, 2nd, was born. 


Chester Adams, b. Sherborn, Aug. 3, 1844, m. Nov. i, 1868, in Dover. 
Emma Eliza, dau. Albion K. and Eliza M. (Brown) Howe. res. 
Wellesley, where he d. without issue, Mar. 3, 1915. Volunteered 
and served 3 years Co. H., 13th reg't, in the Civil War. 

2. Edward^ Barton (Abraham'^, Isaac*^, William-^, Josiah'*, 
Thomas^, SamueP, John^), b. Natick. Dec. 10, 1833, ^- Frances 
M,, dau. Rufus and Malinda (Stanley) Whiting of Dover, m. 
2ndly Ellen R. Gould of Natick, lived in Medfield, Westboro, 
Providence, Dover, Natick, d. in Natick, 1908, Child : 

Edward Gould, b. Dover, Oct. 4, 1886. 


Warreni (Oliver^), b. Mar. 7, 1833, in Milton, m. Mar. 9, 
1863, Emeline, dau. Henry and Emeline (Edwards) Goulding, 
b. Oct. 20, 1840, d. Feb. 21, 1897. He died Nov. 25, 1902. Both 
of his parents — Oliver Blackman and Olive Warren — were na- 
tives of Maine. He was one of a family of fourteen boys and 
girls. Mr. Blackman lived on Farm street, having built the 
house occupied by the late Charles Williams. Children : 

Caroline, b. Apr. 17, 1864, m. Dec. 8, 1885, John McClure. 

Alice E., b. Dec. 10, 1880, m. Jan. 12, 1903, John Nelson Barnes; Child, 

James Nelson Barnes, m. 2ndly, May 14, 1914, Walter Campbell, 



I. Sethi Blake, b. 1777, m. June 15, 1803, Sarah, dau. Lieut. 
Lemuel and Rebecca (Chickering) Richards, b. 1784, d. 1836, 
m. 2ndly, 1837, Mary Ann Brooks of Medfield. He d. in 1866. 
Children : 

(2) Ebenezer. b. July 9, 1805. 

Seth, b. Sept. 18. 1807, d. 1821. 
Lucy, b. 1813, d. 1816. 

William, b. , lived in Boston. 

Lucy, b. 1819, d. 1821. 


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(3) Edward, b. Feb. 20, 1818. 

Sarah, b. June 22, 1822, m. 1840, Joseph L. Rogers of Natick. 

Seth, b. Dec. i, 1824, res. Franklin. 

James, b. May 18, 1827, d. 1865. 

Walter H. B., b. July 27, 1838, res. Jamaica Plain. 

Mary A. B., b. June 30, 1839, d. Dec. 18, 1842. 

John M., b. July 7, 1842, d. 1850. 

Anna, b. July 29, 1844, m. Alfred G. Whitton, Needham. 

Frank D., b. Nov. 10, 1847, m. Jennie Brigham, of Needham. 

2. Ebenezer^ (Sethi), i^ j^jy g^ 1805, m. Mar. 2, 1829, Rox- 
ana Whitney of Dedham. He lived in Sherborn, Newton Lower 
Falls and Brookline. Went to California in "49" and has not 
been traced beyond that time. Children : 

Rebecca R.. b. Feb. 13, 1831. 
Joseph, b. Nov. 7, 1832. 

3. Edward^ (Sethi), ^ ^eh. 20, 1818, m. Apr. 25, 1841, Han- 
nah S., dau. James and Betsey (Shedd) Bowers. He lived on 
Willow street in the house now occupied by Mrs. Davidson, 
was a harness maker by trade and for many years did a large 
business in Natick. Children : 

George E., b. May 19, 1842. 
John B., b. Jan. 18, 1844. 
Hannah C, b. May 21. 1853. 
John B., b. Oct. 13, 1855. 
Elmira E., b. July 19, 1858. 
Bessie E., b. Nov. 8, 1864. 


I. IJnus^ Bliss (Alpheus^, Elijah^, John«, John^, John*, John^, 
Thomas^, Thomas^), son of Alpheus and Sally (Hull) Bliss, 
was born in Suifield, Conn., Jan. 7, 1822. He was descended in 
the ninth generation from Thomas Bliss of Belstone Parish, 
Devonshire, England, who was persecuted by the civil and reli- 
gious authorities for being a Puritan. His son Thomas left 
England on account of religious persecutions. In the autumn of 
1635 h^ embarked with his family for America. Upon his ar- 


rival at Boston he located for a time at Braintree, from which 
place he afterwards removed to Hartford, Conn., in which State 
many of his descendants have lived. Linus Bliss was a nailer 
and came to Dover to follow his trade. He m. May 5, 1844, 
Martha, dau. of Alexander and Hannah (Draper) Soule, b. Apr. 
2, 1826, d. November, 1903. She m. 2ndly July 19, 1877, Moses 
W. Blanchard of Old Orchard, Maine. He d. Oct. 17, 1872. 
After his marriage he lived for a time in Needham and then 
moved to Taunton. In 1848 he returned to Dover. 

Mr. Bliss was a man of great activity and much interested 
in public affairs. He was a good business man and acquired con- 
siderable real estate in Dover. He originally settled on the farm 
of the late Robert S. Minot on Farm street, and commenced 
there the manufacture of cigars in connection with his farm. 
He soon moved to what was latter called "Bliss' Corner," at 
the junction of Springvale avenue, Farm and Main streets. He 
moved his cigar factory to this spot and improved the other 
buildings, which once occupied the area now forming Springdale 
park, consisting of a cigar factory, two dwelling houses, store 
and two stables, all of which were burned during a series of 
years. Just previous to his death Mr. Bliss was preparing to 
again move his business, this time to the centre of the town, 
where he had taken steps to develop a large tract of land, hav- 
ing made various purchases for this purpose. It was his design 
to build a large cigar factory and tenements to accommodate 
those in his employ. These plans were frustrated by his untimely 
death. A century ago cigars were cheap and sold for $2 a thou- 
sand, while the same number of cheroots sold for half that price. 
Children : 

(2) Alpheus A., b. Feb. 7, 1845. 

Charles L., b. Feb. 12, 1847, res. Marlboro. 

Martha L., b. Nov. 22. 1849, m. June, 1871, James Howard. 

(3) George E., b. Jan. 7, 1851. 

Benjamin B., b. Apr. 3, 1853, m. Lucy Buzzel, d. in Marlboro. 
Hannah J., b. May 15, 1855, m. Aug. 1870, Byron Home. 
Mary E., b. Apr. 3, 1858, m. July 10, 1875, Leon Hartwell. 


2. Alpheus^o A. (Linus^, Alpheus^, Elijah'^, John^, John^, 
John^, John^, Thomas^, Thomas^), b. Feb. 7, 1845, m. Feb. 18, 
1871, Bertha, dau. Peter and Anna (Elliott) Hamell, Pictou, 
N. S., b. Mar. 25, 1845. She m. 2ndly Jan. 30, 1879, Jonathan 
WTiiting. Mr. Bliss died Jan. 17, 1877. He was an en- 
gineer, also a cigar maker in his father's factory and after it was 
burned continued to work in his brother's shop. He lived in a 
house which stood on the area now included in Springdale park. 
Children : 

Charles E., b. Jan. 7, 1872, res. Marlboro. 
Arthur, b. Dec. 21, 1873. 

3. George^o (Linus^, Alpheus^, Elijah^, John^, John^, John', 
John^, Thomas-, Thomas^), b. Jan. 7, 1851, m. Apr. 15, 1871, 
Elizabeth T., dau. George W. and Charlotte O. (Lamphier) 
Shaw, b. June 2, 1852. He died Jan. 10, 1897. After his 
father's death Mr. Bliss continued the manufacture of cigars in 
DoA'er for some years, but finally gave up the business and 
moved to Natick. His Dover house stood on land now included 
in Springdale park. He was elected in 1896 to the Natick board 
of selectmen, having received the largest vote ever cast for a 
candidate for that office in the town. On the organization of 
the board he was made the chairman and died in office in 1897. 
Children : 

Linus, b. Sept. 28, 1872. in Binghamton, N. Y. 
Hattie S., b. Aug. 17, 1874. 


Richard^ Henry Bond (John Snow^, Jeremiah'^, Richard*', 
Richard-'', Benjamin^, John^, Nathaniel^, William^), b. in 
Worcester Apr. 12, 1867, m. Feb. 28, 1894, Lillian M. E., dau. 
Ephraim and Mary B. (Soule) Wilson, b. Jan. 18, 1872. Mr. 
Bond is descended in the ninth generation from William Bond 
of Watertown, from whom are descended most of the family 


of this name in New England. William Bond was a son of 
Thomas and Elizabeth Bond of Bury St., Edmunds, Suffolk 
County, England, where he was baptized in the Churcii of St. 
James, Sept. 8, 1625. He was a grandson of Jonas Bond of 
Bury St. Edmunds, who died there in 1601. William Bond 
probably came to New England in 1630 in the fleet with Win- 
throp, accompanying his aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth, wife of Ephraim 
Child. Mr. Bond was often a representative in the Colonial days 
and was prominent in the councils of safety during the insurrec- 
tion against Andros. He was the first speaker of the House 
under the new charter. He was a man of great energy and force. 
Richard Henry Bond is a graduate of the Massachusetts Agri- 
cultural College and a prominent citizen. He has been chairman 
for many years of the Dover school committee. Children : 

Esther Flora, b. Jan. 19, 1895, a senior in Boston University. 
Herbert Richard, b. Jan. 18, 1898, student in Amherst College. 
Edwin Ephraim, b. Mar. 3, 1904. 
Richard Henry, b. Dec. 11, 1907. 
Ruth Lillian, b. July 9, 191 1. 


James- Bowers (James^), b. Oct. 26, 1780, m. Betsey, dau. 

Willard and (Larkins) Shedd, b. Nov. 15, 1785, d. Oct. 4, 

1875. He d. Jan. 16, 1857. Mr. Bowers was born in Pepperell 
and settled in Dover about 1829. He was a farmer and owned 
the Ralph Day place at the foot of Strawberry hill street. He 
added to farming the trade of the cooper and at one time did 
quite an extensive business. It is an interesting fact that Dover 
farmers actually sold corn at the com market located near Fan- 
euil Hall, with tons of hay at the hay market and thousands of 
cords of wood at the wood stand in the vicinity which was the 
center of trade a century ago. The coopers made staves and the 
farmers hoops for the West India trade. After the establish- 
ment of trade with these Islands their products w^ere called West 


India goods, a name used during the last century for what we 
call groceries today. Children: 

James B., b. Mar. 19, 1803, d. Dec. 7, 1842. 

Sherman, b. Apr. 2, 1806, m. Almira Pettingell, res. Needham. 

John, b. Apr. 26, 1808, d. in Oregon about 1873. 

Eliza, b. June 30, 1813, m. Roswell Parish. 

Walter, b. Mar. 2, 1820. m. Mary N. Colton, res. Needham. 


Uriah Brett, b. 1795, m. Oct. 5, 1820, Polly, dau. WilUam Pitt 
and Keziah (Mason) Allen, b. Mar. 14, 1802. He was a carpen- 
ter by trade and lived in Dover for a time. He possessed some 
musical talent and was a teacher of singing schools in this and 
surrounding towns. He moved to Medfield, where he died, 1836. 
Mrs. Brett m. 2ndly. Dea. Capen, Canton. Child : 

William A., b. Aug. i, 1821, settled in Pawtucket. 


I. John! Brown, b. Dec. 15, 1758, m. 1783 Maria Turner of 
Dedham, b. Dec. 25, 1758, d. May 6, 1815; m. 2ndly April 20. 
1817, Betsey, dau. Josiah and Lucy (Richards) Battelle, b. Jan. 
29. 1782, d. June, 1850. He died October 16, 1839. Mr. Brown 
was brought up in the family of Seth Mason, by whom he was 
adopted when a small boy. He is said to have been born of 
French parents by the name of Riviere, both of whom died on 
the voyage to America. The captain of the vessel gave his own 
name to the boy and placed him in the care of Mrs. Seth Mason, 
who supplied him with eggs, vegetables and provisions. As the 
captain never returned to claim the boy it was supposed that his 
ship was lost. Mrs. Mason illustrated a custom which prevailed 
for many years of women going to market. They went to Bos- 
ton on horseback with eggs, butter, cheese and other produce, 
which were placed in large bags and slung over the horse's back. 


They not only had regular customers, but sold much produce to 
ship captains who were stocking up for voyages. John Brown 
was the life of the neighborhood and never tired of cracking his 
practical jokes. He was a very bright and active man. In his 
home the neighbors met and entered most heartily into the social 
life of the times; they gathered around the blazing fire, for there 
were no stoves in those days, and told stories without restraint 
and joked until the oak timbers re-echoed their laughter. The 
choicest apples were brought from the cellar and passed, with 
the cider mug, for every family was given to hospitality. When 
the tall clock in the corner announced the hour of nine o'clock 
the guests departed for their own homes, blessed in the joy of 
human fellowship, which is not dependent upon what is called 
society for its real fulfilment. 

John Brown was a good business man, and for his time, ac- 
quired what was considered a good property, but later in life 
lost it in business ventures. He built the house on the Dorr farm 
and in deviating from the common custom of building showed 
good judgment. While some of the older wooden houses were 
simple and charming, we have gone on for the most part build- 
ing as in the days when our fathers lived in primitive civiliza- 
tion, cutting the wood which covered their fields, and so build- 
ing their dwellings of hewn logs, sawed timber and split shingles. 
Mr. Brown went so far as to build the ends of his house of brick, 
an example which has been seldom followed. The cost of build- 
ing between brick and wood is entirely in the increased expense 
of the exterior walls, but this is soon made up in the saving in 
paint, insurance and other expenses. Examples of this kind are 
worthy of emulation, as brick is well adapted to country resi- 
dences and can be made in Dover. Children : 

John, b. Jan. 26, 1785. m. 1814, Cynthia Fuller, Brighton. 
Sarah, b. Oct. 21, 1787, m. Joseph Smith, Concord. 
Michael, b. June 12, 1791. 
(2) Mason, b. Nov. 30. 1794. 

Betsej', b. Apr. 4, 1797, m. 1818. Roger S. Battle. 

Rebecca, b. July 27, 1798, m. Joshua Ayres. 

Lucy Richards, b. Apr. 8, 1818, m. 1839, Alonzo Howe. 





2. Mason2 (Johni), b. Mar. 30, 1794, m. May 28, 1818, Kezia, 
dau. Samuel and Olive (Rice) Perry, b. 1798, d. Nov. 12, 1838, 
m. 2ndly, 1840, Sarah, dau. Jesse and Mehitable (Allen) Newell, 
b. Jan. 9, 1 810, d. Apr. 7, 1843. He d. Aug. 25, 1859. Mason 
Brown is remembered as one who always entered into the spirit 
of the times. The general muster day and artillery election were 
of permanent interest to boys as they got a holiday which was 
employed in hunting, fishing or attending the military exercises. 

The occasion furnished the opportunity of getting a dinner 
away from home ; bakers' wagons furnished an abundance of 
sweet food, which was greatly enjoyed by the boys. Mr. Brown 
was a good farmer and added greatly to the productiveness of 
his farm by the careful selection of seeds and by varying his 
crops. The choicest ears of corn were saved for planting, the 
best onion sets were put aside, the seeds of the largest and fin- 
est melons and squashes, the best potatoes and seeds of the 
earliest garden vegetables were always saved for planting, all of 
which added greatly to the annual yield. Successful farming 
was based upon an experience equal to the best professional 
training of today. Children : 

Eliza M., b. Feb. 12, 1827. 
(3) John M., b. Oct. 9, 1828. 
Helen L., d. Mar. 29, 1843. 

3. JohnS M. (Mason2, Johni), ^ Qct. 9, 1828, m. 1849, Ade- 
line C., dau. Leonard and Pamelia (Cutter) Gay, b. Oct. 7, 
1831. He d. Sept 12, 1862. Children: 

Linda W., b. Aug. 24, 1850, m. Dec. 31, 1872, George D. Newell. 

Ada F., b. May 10, 1855. res. Huntington, Long Island. 

Emma E., b. 1862, m. Feb. 2, 1879, Quincy Sylvester, res. Providence. 


I. JohnS Bullard (Joseph^, John^), b. 1670, m. 1701, Abigail, 
dau. Joseph and Experience (Wheelock) Warren, b. 1774. He 
seems to have had that part of the estate which lies in Dover 


and to have settled on the Bradbury farm on County street. In 
1739 he sold his farm to his son, Josiah, and probably moved 
away. The Bullards were represented in the first Dedham set- 
tlement, and were numerous among the early residents of the 
Springfield Parish. John, Jonathan and Nathaniel were assessed 
a poll tax here in 1732. 

They were descended from John Bullard, who was one of the 
original signers of the Dedham Compact. He was in Water- 
town in 1636 and took the freeman's oath in Dedham in 1640, 
and later joined the Medfield enterprise, settling in that town in 
165 1 or 52. His son Joseph, whose house was burned by the 
Indians in King Philip's War, purchased in 1695 a tract of land 
near the point where the towns of Medfield, Dover and Wal- 
pole come together, and settled there. Children : 

Mary, b. Apr. 3, 1702, m. Nov. 18. 1728. Daniel Harris. Plainfield. 
(2) Jonathan, b. June 13, 1703. 

Abigail, b. Feb. 25, 1704-5, m. Mr. Spaulding. 

Experience, b. Feb. 28, 1707-8, m. Ephraim Wheelock, Medfield. 

Elizabeth, b. 1710, m. Oct. 7, 1735, Ebenezer Newell. Needham. 

Josiah, b. June 9, 1711. 

Benjamin, b. Mar. 24, 1713. 

Nathaniel^ (Joseph^, John^), b. 1677, m. Mary. He succeeded 
to the homestead on County street which his widow sold in 1753. 
Children : 

May. b. Aug. 6, 1716. 

Martha, b. Mar. 9, 1719. 

Nathaniel, b. May 22, 1722. 

Hannah, b. June 5, 1729, m. Wm. Barnes. Sherborn. 

2. Jonathan'* (John^, Joseph-, Johni), b. June 13, 1703, m. 
Mar. 29, 1748, Anna Perkins. He was a petitioner for the or- 
ganization of the First Parish in 1748. He sold his farm in 1762 
and moved from town. His house was located north of the 
homestead on County street. The buildings were probably old, 
as the farm seems to have been abandoned after a sale in 1762. 


This farm may have been the original BuUard settlement in 
Dover. Children : 

Josiah, b. Jan. 14, 1748-9. 
Asa, b. Nov. 28, 1751. 
Anna, b. June 9, 1757. 


1. Amaziah'"^ Bullen (Elisha'*, Elisha^, Elisha^, Samuel^), b. 
1754, m. 1776, Rachel, dau. John and Mary (Barders) Lawrence 
of Wrentham, b. Sept. 22. 1756. He d. 1828. Elisha Bullen of 
Medfield purchased for his son Amaziah the Moses Mason place 
on Farm street novir owned by Charles F. Lyman. Amaziah 
Bullen sold the farm in 1797 and moved to Needham. He was 
descended from Samuel Bullen, who was in Watertown in 1638 
and one of the signers of the Dedham Compact. He was ad- 
mitted a freeman in 1641. He settled in Medfield prior to 165 1 
and his tombstone declares that he was the first European with 
a family to settle in that town. Children : 

Joseph, b. 1777. 
Mary, b. 1779. 
Lydia. b. 1782. 
Thaddeus, b. Mar. i, 1785. 
Elisha, b. Mar. 7, 1786. 
Rachel, b. Oct. 18, 1787. 
Ichabod, b. Jan. i, 1790. 
Amaziah, b. Sept. i, 1792, 
Caroline, b. Sept. 9, 1794. 

2. Bela^ (Ichabod^ EHsha^, Elisha-, Samuel^), b. 1762, m. 
1783. Elizabeth, dau. Moses and Elizabeth (Smith) Hartshorn. 
He lived in Medfield previous to 1791, in which year he went 
into business in Dover with Reuben Newell ; he had an interest 
in the tavern property and is recorded as a merchant; in 1796 
he removed to Roxbury. Children : 

Sarah, b. 1785, m. Ruggles Whiting. 
Elizabeth, b. 1787, m. in 1809, Alexander Peters. 
Samuel, b. 1789. 
Prudence, b. 1792. 



I. Thomas" (John'^, William^, John^, Thomas-'^, Richard-, 
Robert^), son of John and Sarah (Smith) Burrage, was b. in 
Newton, 1731, m. Jan. 6, 1768, Abigail, dau. John and Dorcas 
(Adams) Fisher, b. 1737, d. Nov. i, 1805. He d. in 1799. having 
dropped dead while working on the highway. The spot is 
marked by the stone slab on top of the hill west of Fisher's 
brook on Farm street. Mr. Burrage settled in 1765 on that part 
of Fred B. Rice's estate on Farm street which originally went 
with the "cottage." He was a weaver by trade. The Burrage 
family is descended from Robert of Seething, Norfolk, England, 
who died there in 1559. His great grandson, John Burrage, 
came to America. He first appears in Charlestown in 1637. 
With Francis Hudson he became an owner of the ferry between 
Boston and Charlestown, which they operated for many years. 
The Dover family is descended from the branch which settled 
in Newton. Children: 

(2) John, b. Aug. 23, 1769. 

(3) Obed, b. July 25, 1772. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 19, 1775, m. May 14, 1796, Jabez Baker. 
Keziah, b. 1778, m. Aug. 22, 1798, Edward Simmons. Watertown. 
Anna, b. 1780, m. Nov. 26, 1801, Lewis Smith. 

2. John^, (Thomas''', John*^, William^, John^, Thomas-^, Rich- 
ard^, Robert^), b. Aug. 23, 1769, m. July 12, 1792, Abigail, dau. 
Jacob and Lydia Pratt of Sherborn, d. Apr. 23, 185 1. Mr. Bur- 
rage was a captain in the militia and a member of the board of 
selectmen. He was a carpenter by trade and lived on the Josiah 
Hammond place on Center street. In the quiet life of a rural 
community, an occasion of great interest was a "raising." which 
occurred as often as a neiv house, barn or meeting-house was 
built. There was in those days no putting up of the frame, stick 
by stick, and nailing each in place as now. Extensive prep- 
arations were made for building; great trees were felled and 
squared for sill and post, plate and ridgepole, even the rafters 
were hewn, and all timbers were of a size in excess of the 


strength required for the structure. At the raising the timbers 
were put together in sections, as all connections were made with 
mortise and tenons and secured by wooden pins. At the ap- 
pointed time the men formed in line along the heavy frameworic, 
and at the command of the ''boss carpenter" the massive frame 
rose until the posts dropped into the mortises, long boards called 
"stay laths" were quickly nailed to hold the sections in place. 
The second section was then raised and so on, until every stick 
found its appropriate place. At the raising of the second meet- 
ing-house in Dover in 1810 Mr. Burrage fell from the building 
and sustained injuries from which he never fully recovered. In 
the olden time farmers worked unceasingly during the "busy 
season" and paid but little attention to their neighbors or what 
was going on in town. One ^Jonflay morning John Burrage 
started out with his fish pole in hand to go fishing. As he did 
not return on Tuesday an alarm, was given, the meeting-house 
bell was rung, and the people turned out in force to search the 
woods and drag the river for his body. The neighbors condoled 
with Mrs. Burrage and pitied her "poor little fatherless chil- 
dren." When Saturday night came round, Mr. Burrage re- 
turned home, having found work at haying during the week on 
the farm of Draper Smith in the west part of the town. Chil- 
dren : 

Sylvia, b. Jan,. 9, 1794, m. Nov. 11, 1824, Richard Kenrick. 
Roxanna, b. Apr. 8, 1796, m. Apr. 28, 1822, Ebenezer Ricker, 

John Lowell, b. Feb. 13, 1798, d. Sept. 29, 1802. 
Ann, b. Dec. 21, 1800, m. July 20. 1823, Jabez Baker. Jr. 
Caroline, b. May 6, 1804, m. May 7, 1827, Calvin Barden. 
(4) John, b. July 12, 1806. d. Nov. 1894. 

3. Obed^ (Thomas'^, John^, William^, John'^, Thomas^, Rich- 
ard% Robert^), b. July 25, 1772, m. June 13, 1799, JuHa, dau. 
Jonathan and Mary (Leland) Leland of Sherborn. Moved to 
Tem.pleton about 18 10 and died in Shrewsbury. Children : 

Julia L., b. Feb. 3, 1802, m. Apr. 2, 1829, Jonathan Nichols. Shrews- 


Betsey, b. , m. Nov. 27, 1833, Jason Lamb, Templeton. 

Lowell T., b. Oct. 2, 1804, m. Dec. 24, 1829, Adeline Davis, Tem- 

4. John-' (John^, Thomas^, John®, William^, John'*, Thomas^. 
Richard^, Robert^), b. July 12, 1806, m. Nov. 1829, Nancy Poor, 
dau. David and Rebecca (Richards) Dana, d. January 1879. 
Mr. Burrage was a carriage maker and followed his trade for 
fifty years. After leaving Dover he lived in Quincy, Braintree, 
Groton and South Boston. He was an original anti-slavery man 
and voted the "Free Soil" ticket, when there was only one other 
man in the town in which he lived that voted with him. Children : 

Caroline Ann, b. Aug. 12, 1831. 
John Dana. b. Sept. 19, 1833, d. Aug. 16, 1834. 
Hamilton, b. June 6. 1835, m. Mary H. Davis, res. Lowell. 
John Francis, b. Jan. 11, 1838. 
Ellen Roxanna. b. Jan. i, 1840. 

George William, b. Apr. 19, 1842, d. Aug. 13, 1844. 
(5) George Dana, b. Oct. 12. 1845. 

5. George^^ Dana (John^, John®, Thomas'^, John^, William^, 
John*, Thomas^, Richard^, Roberti), b. Oct. 12, 1845, m. Oct. 12, 
1870, Mary Hall, dau. Elijah F. and Elizabeth (Bail) Palmer. 
She d. Mar. 6, 1875, m. 2ndly, May 29th, 1878, Clara G., dau. 
Charles Henry and J. Elizabeth (Stannis) Johnson. Mr. Bur- 
rage returned to the home of his ancestors in 1894, having in- 
herited the Jabez Baker farm on Dedham street, but subse- 
quently moved to Newtonville. Children : 

Bessie Palmer, b. Oct. 6, 1871. 
Archie Hamilton, b. Mar. 16, 1873. 
Mary Hall, b. Feb. 20, 1875. 
Paul Johnson, b. June 3, 1884. 
John Dana, b. Apr. 23, 1888. 


Rufus^ Campbell (John^) was born in Belgrade, Maine, Oct. 
30, 1817, m. Dec. 4, 1844, Lucretia, dau. James and Clarissa 
(Wight) Mann, b. Feb. 15, 1819. Mr. Campbell was of Scotch 



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descent, his great grandfather having emigrated to America. 
Mr. Campbell was for many years a respected citizen of Dover 
and built the house on Main street owned by the late Asa Bean. 
After many years' residence here he moved to South Natick, 

Clara A., b. Sept. 28, 1845. m. A. R. Cook, South Natick. 


Stukely Carpenter of Dedham, m. Jan. i, 1826, Mary B., dau. 
Amaziah and Rachel (Lawrence) Bullen. He lived for a time 
in Dover, where several of his children were born. Children : 

Lucy A., b. Sept. 21, 1832. 

Lemira, b. Aug. 20, 1835, d. Dec. 24, 1835. 


I. Benjamin^ Caryl (Benjamin^, Benjamin^) was born in 
Hopkinton in 1732, m. Dec. 9, 1762, Mrs. Sarah Kolloch, dau. of 
Rev. Henry and Ester (Cheever) Messenger of Wrentham, b. 
Nov. 27, 1725, d. 1806. He d. Nov. 14, 181 1. Mr. Caryl was 
the first minister of the Springfield Parish. He was bom in 
Hopkinton and graduated from Harvard in 176 1. He accepted 
a call to the First Parish, Sept. 5, 1762, and was ordained Nov. 
10 of the same year. He was for forty-nine years pastor of the 
church, but during the last two years of his life was unable to 
perform any ministerial services. He did not build on the land 
which was donated for a parsonage (the Parish wood lot on 
Walpole street), but occupied after his marriage the farm for- 
merly owned by Eleazer Ellis, Jr., which he afterwards pur- 
chased. In 1777 he built the "Old Parsonage," a fine specimen 
of colonial architecture which is still standing on Dedham street. 
At the time of Mr. Caryl's settlement, the inhabitants of the 
Parish were all engaged in farming. He bought his own farm 
and engaged with his parishioners in agricultural pursuits. Mr. 


Caryl added to the work of the ministry and farming the prep- 
aration of boys for college. He was perfectly familiar with the 
ways of life of his people, and enabled to sympathize with them 
in all the affairs of their daily life. He was the equal of his 
parishioners in all things, owning his own dwelling-house, farm, 
and horse and chaise, and as a minister he was considered as 
vastly their superior. His house was furnished with many ele- 
gant pieces of furniture, which if brought together today would 
be of great value and rare interest. Clergymen of the period cul- 
tivated a generous hospitality and freely entertained visitors who 
were journeying from town to town with horse and chaise. In 
their ministerial hospitality they gave the best they had freely 
and without stint. The Rev. Martin Cheney, who was reared in 
Mr. Caryl's Parish, and settled in Rhode Island, thus refers to 
the custom at a later period: 'T remember that when I had re- 
duced my rent by half, paying but $20 per year, that a minister 
from Boston called upon me and tarried over night. He was 
dressed fashionably, but such a lodging place as he had I cannot 
describe. A garret of the poorest kind and as poorly furnished." 
Mr. Cheney adds : "It was the best I had and I thought it good 
enough for him and I hoped it might do him good for I fear he 
was a ministerial dandy." Mr. Caryl was contemporary with 
the Rev. Stephen Badger of South Natick. Mrs. Stowe's de- 
scription of the latter in Oldtown Folks gives us some slight idea 
of the Rev. Mr. Caryl, as it is known that his ways and cus- 
toms of life entered into Mrs. Stowe's realistic picture of the 
minister 01 that time. The young men whom he fitted for col- 
lege grew up grave and decorous through the influence of the 
church, catechism and college, all acting in one line, and in due 
time many studious and quiet youths stepped in regular succes- 
sion, from the college to the theological course and thence to the 
ministry, as their natural and appointed work. They received 
the articles of faith as taught in their catechism without dispute 
and took their places calmly and without opposition to assist in 
carrying on a society, where everything had been arranged to go 


under their direction. In those days the New England minister 
and his wife were considered the temporal and spiritual supe- 
riors of everybody in the parish. Parson Lothrop in Mrs. 
Stowe's Oldtown Folks was calmly awful in his sense of his own 
position and authority, it would have been a sight worth seeing 
to witness any of his parish coming to him as deacons and influ- 
ential parishioners nowadays feel at liberty to come, to their min- 
isters with suggestions and admonitions. His manner was very 
gracious and affable, as of a man who habitually surveyed every- 
one from above, and is supposed to listen with indulgent cour- 
tesy, and keep his advice in reserve for all seekers; but there was 
not the slightest shadow of anything which encouraged the most 
presuming to offer council in return. The clergy- in those days 
felt that they never preached temperance with so warm a 
fervor as between the comfortable sips of a beverage of whose 
temperate use they intended to be shining examples. In the lit- 
tle theocracy which the Pilgrims established in the wilderness 
the minister was the only order of nobility. There are no rec- 
ords showing Mr. Caryl's position or work in the interest of 
the Revolution, but it is believed that he was exceedingly patri- 
otic, as few people manifested greater patriotism than the inhab- 
itants of the Springfield Parish, during the great struggle for 
liberty. The Parish erected a gravestone to his memory which 
stands near the central entrance to the cemetery. Children: 

Benjamin, b. Dec. 6, 1764, d. Sept. 12, 1775. 
(2) George, b. Apr. i, 1767. 

2. George"* (Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Benjamini), b. Apr. i, 
1767, m. Nov. II, 1790, Pamelia, dau. of Dr. Nathaniel Martyn 
of Uxbridge. d. Jan. 17, 1855. He d. Aug. 9, 1822. Dr. Caryl 
graduated from Harvard in 1788. He studied medicine with 
Dr. Samuel Willard of Uxbridge and commenced the practice 
of medicine in Dover in 1790, "at a time when every sickly child 
was cured with motherwort and tansey, which grew by the road- 
side and suited all complaints. It was administered by each 


mother in the town." Dr. Caryl was in Boston for a time, but 
it is presmned that he studied there rather than practiced medi- 
cine. He was a successful physician and had an extensive prac- 
tice in this and adjoining towns. Dr. Caryl represented the 
school of medicine of that day, and his remedies consisted largely 
of ipecac, calomel, salts and senna, castor oil and sulphur and 
molasses. He practiced cupping and bleeding (which was a 
fearful thing to go through) and in obstetrics used the hot plat- 
ter. Children : 

Benjamin, b. Oct. 4. 1791, d. Oct. 5, 1791. 

Pamelia, b. Oct. 31, 1792, d. June 20, 1797. 

Benjamin, b. AJar. 9, 1795, d. Apr. 13, 1796. 

Sarah, b. Jan. 28, 1797, d. July 14, 1870. 

George M., b. Feb. 20, 1799, d. Sept. 24, 1815. 

Pamelia, b. Dec. 29, 1800, m. Sept. 12, 1824, L. S. Maring. New Jersey. 

Ann, b. Oct. 22, 1802, m. Sept. 6, 1821, Aaron F. Miller. 

Nathaniel, b. Aug. i, 1805. d. Aug. 2, 1805. 

Joseph, b. July 13, 1803, d. .A^pr. 15, 1882. 


Walter"^ Channing Jr. (Walter*^, William-^, John- John^), 

son of Dr. Walter and Ann K. (Morse) Channing, was born in 
Jamaica Plain, April 28, 1879, m- July 10, 1907, Cornelia P., 
dau, Charles and Augusta (Mitchell) Higbee, b. May 22, 1875. 
Mr. Channing is engaged as a real estate and insurance broker 
in Boston. Children : 

Walter, 3rd, b. April 16, 1908. 
Charles Emlin, b. Feb. 15. 1910. 


I. John-* Cheney (John^, Daniel-, John^), b. in Newton, Jan. 
10, 1704, m. Apr. 24, 1729, Lydia, dau. William and Sarah Bur- 
rage. He d. Jan. 19, 1789. The Dover members of this family 
are descended from both William of Roxbury and John of New- 
bury. William lived in Roxbury previous to 1640, but the exact 
time of his settlement has not been determined. John was in 


Roxbury in 1635, but moved to Newbury the following year as 
recorded by the Apostle Eliot. John Cheney was a farmer and 
one of the petitioners for the organization of the First Parish. 
He lived on the Skimmings place on Main street, which he sold 
to Jesse Knapp in 1762, and moved from town. The first men- 
tion of the building of a road in the Springfield Parish was made 
in the vote of the Parish in 1762, "to pay Hezekiah Allen his 
charge for building a road from the burying place past the meet- 
ing-house to the house of John Cheney." Children : 

Lydia. b. Dec. 14, 1731, m. May 14, 1766, Thomas Draper. 
(2) John, b. 

2. John (John'*, John^, Daniel^, John^), b. about 1733, m. ist 
Mar. 12, 1766, Ruth, dau. John and Ruth Hill of Sherbom, m. 
2ndly Nov. 25, 1772, Martha Taft of Sutton. He died in Sutton 
in 1773. Children: 

Rhoda, b. Mar. 13, 1767. 
Ruth, b. Mar. 15, 1770. 

3. James-* (Joseph^, Daniel^, John^), b. in Newton May i, 
1716, m. Jan. 10, 1740, Sybil, dau. Ebenezer and Lydia Little- 
field, b. Nov. I, 1714. She died May 19. 1743. He m. 2ndly 
May 31, 1745, Elizabeth Toser, d. June 20, 1802. 

He was for many years a prominent man in Newton ; was a 
deacon in the First Church. He was greatly respected and held 
many positions of trust and honor. He lived on the Thomas 
Coughlan farm on Walpole street, which he purchased in 1757. 
As far as known this was the first farm advertised for sale in 
the Springfield Parish. The following advertisement appeared 
after Mr. Cheney's death in 1767: "To be sold for cash or short 
credit 30 or 35 or 40 acres of choice land, consisting of pastur- 
age, mowing and tillage lying in Springfield, Dedham, near the 
meeting-house. Inquire of Joseph Cheney of Newton or Eliza- 
beth Cheney living on the Premises." Children : 

Sarah, b. June 13, 1741, m. Isaac Jackson. 

Lydia, b. Jan. 15, 1743, m. Nov. 22, 1766, Timothy Merrifield. 

Jonathan, b. Mar. 25, 1746. d. Nov. 7, 1754. 


Sybil, b. Aug. 30. 1747, m. Mar. 12, 1766, John Reed. 
James*, b. June 28, 1749, d. 1793. 

Elizabeth, b. June 27, 1751, m. Nov. 14, 1775, Oliver Kendrich. 
Esther, b. July 10, 1753, m. Feb. 5, 1777, Elias Stinson. 

(4) John, b. Apr. 6, 1755. 

Olive, b. Jan. 31, 1757, m. Aug. 5, 1775, Thomas Morse. 

(5) Joseph, b. 1761. 

Abigail, b. . d. before 1766. 

Hannah, b. , m. 1783, John Buckmaster. 

4. John^ (James*, Joseph^, DanieP, Johni), b. in Newton 
Apr. 6, 1755, m. Nov. 26, 1789, Hannah, dau. John and Hannah 
(Dike) Adams. He Hved on the homestead, but moved to New 
Salem in 1800. Children: 

John, b. Nov. 9. 1790. 

Olive, b. July 18, 1792, d. May 28, 1857. 

Hannah, b. May 2, 1794, m. John Wade, West Roxbury. 

Fanny, b. July 22, 1796. m. John Frost, Dedham. 

Junia, b. Sept. 2. 1798. 

Artemus, b. July 21, 1800. 

5. Joseph^ (James^ Joseph^, Daniel-, Johni), b. 1761, m. 
1782, Susannah Wads worth of Maine. He died in 1834. He 
owned the farm on Pine street occupied by the late George Mc- 
Kenzie. There were six children, three sons and three daughters, 
but the names of only four are recorded. Joseph Cheney moved 
from Dover and at one time lived at Newport, N. H. Martin 
was the fourth of the six children rnd settled in Rhode Island. 
He became a prominent minister of the Freewill Baptist denom- 
ination. He was ordained at Johnston. Rhode Island, April 28, 
1825, and soon commenced to preach in halls at Olneyville and 
North Providence. He drew around him men of talent, influ- 
ence and position, including Dr. Messer, President of Brown 
University, who explained his attendance upon his preaching by 
saying that he always carried away from that humble spot (the 
hall in which the services were held) most profitable instruction. 
Mr. Cheney created so much interest in religion that in less than 
two years the congregation at Olneyville erected a large house 
of public worship which was dedicated in 1827. Mr. Cheney be- 
came pastor of this church, which position he held for thirty 






years, or until his death. He was an extemporaneous speaker 
and his strength lay in his originality. His entire public school 
education was gained in the Sanger School before he was sixteen 
years of age. He was bright and cheerful and full of fun. In 
his youth it is said that practical jesters not unfrequently made 
him the centre of their circle and became the convulsed spec- 
tators of his comic drollery and the victims of his mischievous 
but not malicious fun. Mr. Cheney was much interested in educa- 
tion, temperance, the anti-slavery cause, peace and moral gov- 
ernment. He was a great worker and his talents were in con- 
stant demand. He reported in 1845 that during the year he had 
delivered 310 public addresses. At the time of his death his 
church expressed the hope that the principles of freedom which 
he advocated will triumph that all, like him, shall believe in free 
soil, free men, free speech, free trade, free will, free communion 
and free salvation. 

The society at Olneyville erected in their church a slab in the 
form of a shield which bears the following inscription : — 


Martin Cheney — 

Bom in Dover, Mass., Aug. 29, 1792, 

Ordained to preach 

April 28, 1825. 

Was installed pastor over the 

First Free Will Baptist Church and society 

in Olneyville, 

at their organization 

November 7, 1828, 

and continued such until his death 

January 4, 1852. 

His last words were, "I have a hope that endureth unto the end." 
A friend writes of him : He had the light and glow of an un- 
common intellectual ability. Self-educated he indeed was and 


yet he was an intellectual giant. No one ever came in contact 
with him without finding a demand for his mightiest energies. 
Mr. Cheney left an autobiographical sketch of his life, from 
which the following extracts are taken illustrating his boyhood 
life in Dover and youthful experiences elsewhere. 

In my researches I have never found a charge of dishonesty 
against one of my ancestors or connections. To the best of my 
knowledge, the coat of arms of my ancestors was Poverty-Hon- 
esty-Piety. From my parents I received religious and moral in- 
struction, and received it early. I was taught to reverence and 
keep the Sabbath, to attend public worship and from week to 
week was taught the questions and answers in the assembly cate- 
chism of the Westminster Divines. In this manner I learned 
what was the chief end of man, and the reason I am not a Cal- 
vinist is not for want of early instruction in his peculiar senti- 
ments, but from a decided conviction that, as good as Calvin or 
my parents might be, they had mistaken the will of God on the 
subject. Among the recollections of my early school days is 
that of speaking at a public exhibition a piece from the Columbia 
Orator commencing thus : 

You'd scarce expect one of my age 
To speak in public on the stage. 

I could not have been much above five years of age and I think 
I felt something of the spirit of my piece when I uttered the 
words : 

And where's the boy but three feet high 
That's made improvement more than I? 

This was my first appearance in public. I have often in my 
subsequent experiences had occasion to say, "You'd scarce ex- 
pect, &c.," for I have been called where I never expected to be 
called, to fill places and discharge duties unexpected to myself 
and others. The desire to know what was contained in books 
became so strong as to induce me to lay hold upon nearly every 


volume that came in my way, and nearly the whole of quite a 
respectable village library was laid under my contribution to 
meet the demands of my eager spirit. When some of my school- 
mates left to prepare for college I much wanted to go, too, but 
my father was poor and so I was obliged to see them leave with 
regret. When eleven years of age Mr. Cheney came very near 
losing his life by means of a fever sore. He gives the following 
account of a surgical operation : "The doctor retired to the fields 
where he remained nearly an hour, when he returned, called for 
pen and ink, and made a mark on the thigh, where he was going 
to cut. My mother and sister left the room, all the family, I 
think, except my father. The other surgeon said I must be held. 
To my surprise and that of all present, Dr. Miller said : 'No, 
he will bear it, I know he will,' and such was the confidence and 
courage he inspired in me that I did endure it without a groan." 
He resided for a time with a brother in Boston, who kept a 
grocery store with several appendages of cider, beer and whis- 
key. He says, "Many gills, pints and quarts have I drawn for 
the customers of the liquid fire." 

His father put him to a trade, in the family of a deacon of a 
Presbyterian Church, where he stayed two weeks. "Our clothes," 
he says, "must all be of such a make, we apprentices had a table 
by ourselves and the provisions were of an inferior quality." 
Later he engaged himself as an apprentice at the business of 
making nails. He answered an advertisement for a boy in a 
Boston paper. "A bundle of clothes prepared by a mother's 
love was swung over my shoulder and I started for the city, rec- 
ommended only by my appearance and my 'awkwardness' which 
was probably accepted as an index to honesty." In 1810 he 
accepted a position with his brother at Olneyville, R. I. I had 
come from Massachusetts, where the law laid its hand on reli- 
gious observances. There if a man labored on the Sabbath, or 
went on a journey for pleasure, he might expect to be visited by 
a minister of law. In Rhode Island there was much of the free, 
generous, independent spirit of Roger Williams among the peo- 


pie. He worked for and boarded in the family of his brother, 
who was a vender of meat. "Oh, how terrible in its influence 
upon me was the want of an attractive home, where I might 
spend my evenings. Oh, could my voice be heard by parents and 
guardians, 1 would say earnestly, strongly, make home attrac- 
tive to your children, spare no pains to accomplish this. Let not 
the shops, tavern, stables and street educate your children. I 
have had a sad experience in this species of instruction. In 1815 
he went with his older brother to New York and took up the 
grocery business and mackerel fishing." We were unsuccessful 
in both. Finding no way to pay my rent I removed into a hut 
or hovel not much larger than an Indian wigwam, a little above 
Hoboken. There with my wife and child and youngest brother 
I spent the winter of 1816-17. And such a winter! It was the 
winter following what was called the cold summer when the 
crops were so extensively destroyed by the frost. Thirty thou- 
sand were supplied with soup, daily in the city of New York 
that winter, hundreds were flocking into the country ofifering to 
work for their food. The farmers refused to employ them on ac- 
count of the scarcity of provisions. And there we were, wife, 
child, brother and myself, without food, without work, among 
strangers, a cold winter upon us, and strangers in the land. We 
had fresh meat once during the winter. We lived on potatoes 
while we could get them, then on turnips to save what little 
bread we could get for the child. It was a winter long to be re- 
membered. I then thought if I could get bread for myself and 
family I would never again complain. Children : 

Joseph, b. , was in Providence, 1817. 

Martin, b. Aug. 29, 1792, d. in Olneyville, Jan. 4. 1852. 

Polly, b. Apr. 2, 1796, m. Ira Richards, Dedham. 

Lucy, b. Nov. 9, 1800. m. Dec. 29, 1825, Jonathan M. Wilmarth. 

6. Samuel^ (Josiah=^, Joseph^, William^), b. Jan. 22, 1729-30, 
m. 1766 Olive, dau. Seth and Sarah (Pratt) Wight, b. Aug. 21, 
1743, d. Sept. 6, 1804. He d. Nov. 11, 1797. Mr. Cheney was a 
native of Med field. He purchased in 1766 a ninety-five acre 


farm of the widow of Josiah Ellis, in the southerly part of 
Dover, now owned by Geo. D. Hall. Children : 

(7) Simon, b. Mar. 25, 1767. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 11, 1769, d. Nov. , 1777. 

Samuel, b. Oct. 27, 1772, d. Feb. 29, 1776. 

Luther, b. June 2, 1775, d. Nov. 6, 1800, in Philadelphia. 

(8) Samuel, b. Jan. 30, I777- 
Calvin, b. 1779, 

Olive, b. Jan. i, 1781, d. Aug. 26. 1800. 

7. Simon^ (SamueH, Josiah^, Joseph-, William^), b. Mar. 
25, 1767, m. Apr. 18. 1805, Nabby, dau. Seth and Mary (Wight) 
Wight of Medfield, b. 1783; he was a prominent citizen, served 
the town on important committees, and was a selectman for six 
years. He d. 1825. Children: 

Samuel, b. Feb. 15, 1806. 

Luther, b. July 25, 1809. 

Amanda, b. Apr. 7, 1812, d. Oct. 16, 1856. 

Olive, b. Dec. 23, 1814, m. Mar. 23, 1835, Henry French, Montpeiier, 

Simon, b. Sept. 22,, 1820. 
George C, bpt. June 22, 1823. 

8. Calvim^ (Samuel-*, Josiah^, Joseph^, William^), b. 1779, m. 
1805 Olive, dau. Nathaniel and Sarah Holbrook. He later 
moved to Sherborn ; three of his children were probably born in 
Dover. Children : 

Olive, m. Apr. 5, 1824, Daniel Brewer. 
Anna H., m. Aug. 31, 1826, Adam Morse, Jr. 

Calvin, b. . 

Nathaniel H., b. Apr. i. 1815. 

9 Benjamin^ Pierce (Jesse", Elias^, Tristram^, John'*, John^, 
Peter2, John^), b. Aug. 12, 1815, m. June 6, 1865, Elizabeth 
Stickney, dau. Asahel and Elizabeth Searle (Whiting) Clapp, 
b. Aug. 23, 1839. He died July 23, 1895. 

During the last fifteen years of his life Mr. Cheney was a res- 
ident of Dover. He purchased the estate for so many years 


owned by Col. John Jones, which he made with his family his 
summer home. Mr. Cheney was born in Hillsboro, N. H., and 
received a brief common school education. At the age of ten he 
worked in his father's blacksmith shop; at twelve he was em- 
ployed in a store in Francistown, and at sixteen he was a driver 
of a New Hampshire stagecoach. Mr. Cheney was a pioneer in 
the express business of this country, and in the early 30's started 
out for himself as express agent for the stage line which left 
the Wilde House in Boston, the favorite inn of New Hamphire 
and Vermont people. Cheney's express soon had all the business 
of the Granite state. With the building of the Worcester and 
Nashua railroad and the Pltchburg railroad with connections to 
Burlington the firm name became Cheney, Fiske & Co. ; later the 
business was known as the United States and Canada Express 
Company. About 1880 this net work of express lines covering 
Vermont and New Hampshire was consolidated into the Ameri- 
can Express Company, of which Mr. Cheney was the largest 
owner. Through his interests in the carrying business of the 
country, and his judicious investments, he became one of the 
wealthiest men in New England. He was a man of high char- 
acter and the strictest integrity. He was interested in the de- 
velopment of the West and had a large interest in the Atchison 
system, and at one time in the Northern Pacific, as well as in the 
Wells, Fargo Express Company. In the last years of his life Mr. 
Cheney devoted much of his time to the development of his 
estate, which is one of the most beautiful in New England. He 
was much interested in horticulture and was a member of the 
Massachusetts Horticultural Society. In 1886 Mr. Cheney pre- 
sented his native State with a bronze statue of Daniel Webster 
which stands in the park in front of the State House. The statue 
was executed by Thomas Ball, at Florence, and is nobly con- 
ceived. Webster was often a passenger of his and took a great 
liking to him. When Mr. Cheney went into the express busi- 
ness for himself, Mr. Webster wrote out and presented to him 
a copy of the laws of the State relating to Common Carriers. He 


had a great fondness for his native State and Dartmouth College 
was greatly helped through his munificence. Children : 

Benjamin Pierce, Jr., b. Apr. 8, 1866, m. 1898, Julia Arthur. 
Alice Steele, b. Aug. 27, 1867, rn. Wm. Hewson Baltzell. 
Charles Paine, b. Dec. 20, 1869, d. 1897 at Colorado Springs. 
Mary, b. Nov. 3, 1871, m. Dec. 10, 1900, Arthur S. Davis. 
Elizabeth, b. Dec. 4, 1874, m. Carl F. Kaufmann. 


I. Nathaniel'* Chickering (Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b. 
1647, m. Dec. 30, 1668, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Mary Judson, 
m. 2ndly "3 of ye 10 mo." 1674, Lydia, dau. of Capt. Daniel and 
Abigail (Harriot) Fisher, b. July 14, 1652, d. July 17, 1737. He 
died Oct, 21, 1694. 

It is always interesting to trace, generation after generation, 
the descendants of any old family. It has been said that there 
are more New Englanders in some of the Western States than in 
New England itself. So it is true that there are more families 
dwelling on ancestral acres in New England than in old Eng- 
land. Mrs. Alice Morse Earl says : In my genealogical re- 
search in England, I have not found cases of long continued res- 
idence of the same family nearly as common as in New Eng- 
land. Surprise and even annoyance is shown in England, at 
your expectation and hope of finding descendants of the original 
owners occupying farm homes two hundred years old. The 
Chickering homestead on Haven street has been occupied by 
lineal descendants of Nathaniel Chickering for more than two 
centuries and is still in the name. Some years ago a member of 
the family caused records in England to be searched and the 
family was traced to Stephen Chickering, who died at Wickle- 
wood, Norfolk, in 1576. His son Henry lived in Kingsfield and 
his grandson Simon at Wrentham, where his son Nathaniel, the 
emigrant, was bornf . Nathaniel Chickering first settled on Ded- 
ham Island, on the farm which was later known as the Fuller 
place. His second wife, Lydia Fisher, went, previous to her 

tSee article by the writer in the Dedbam Historical Register, July 18, 1892. 


marriage, into the family of Rev. John Russell at Hadley, where 
for a year or more she waited upon the Regicides, Whalley and 
Goff, who fled to this country to escape the wrath of Charles II. 
Previous to 1690 Mr. Chickering commenced to clear land iu 
that part of Dedham, which is now Dover. He built a house on 
the site of the present homestead on Haven street, now occupied 
by his lineal descendant, George Ellis Chickering. The first 
house was taken down in 1767 and a new one erected on the spot, 
which was remodeled in 1867, and is still standing. Nathaniel 
Chickering died suddenly in 1694 soon after completing his 
liouse, which it is said he never occupied with his family. His 
widow and children lived here, with the exception of John, who 
remained on Dedham Island. Children : 

Prudence, b. Sept. 9, 1675, d. Nov. 26, 1675. 

(2) Nathaniel, b. Mar. 28. 1677, m. Mary Thorp. 
Lydia, b. Dec. i, 1678. m. Thomas Metcalf. 
Mary, b. Dec. 15, 1680, m. Nathan Aldis. 
John, b. Nov. 22. 1682. d. Jan. 16, 1713-4. 
Abigail, b. Mar. 29, 1684-5, d. 1749. 

Daniel, b. July i, 1687. d. Feb. 10, 1717-8. 

(3) Samuel, b. Feb. 14, 1689, m. Mary Harding, Medfield. 
Esther, b. May 7, 1694, m. Ebenezer Ware. 

2. Nathaniel-'' (Nathaniel^, Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b. 
Mar. 28, 1677, ^- Aug. 14, 1700, Mary, dau. of James and Han- 
nah (Newcomb) Thorp, b. Jan. 23, 1677; she d. Sept. i, 1715, 
m. 2ndly, July 26, 1716, Deborah, dau. of Joseph and Deborah 
(Colburn) Wight, b. Aug. 6, 1684, d. Jan. 16, 1749. He d. Jan. 
16, 1746-7. Before the organization of the Church in Dover, 
the Chickering family worshipped at South Natick, and Nathan- 
iel was a deacon in the Church. He was a selectman of Dedham 
in 1733. His son, Eliphalet, had a fifty-five acre farm, which 
included Allen F. Smith's place and a part of Eben Higgin's 
farm with adjoining land. There is no record of his marriage 
or death. He sold half of his farm in 1758 and soon after dis- 
appeared from the parish. Nathaniel Chickering inherited the 
homestead and was directed fo pay his seven brothers and sisters 





fourteen pounds, seven shillings and two pence half-penny 
each. Children : 

Nathaniel, b. Apr. 15, 1701, settled in. Wrentham. 

Mar}-, b. Feb. 25, 1703. 

Jeremiah, b. May 20, 1705. 

Eliphalet, b. Nov. 24, 1707. 

David, b. Mar. 24, 1710. 

Hannah, b. Aug. 9, 1712, m. Mr. Richardson. 

Mary, b. Aug. 9, 1712. 

(4) John, b. Aug. 23, 1715, m. Mary . 

(5) Joseph, b. May 5, 1717, m. Rebecca Newell. 

(6) Daniel, b. Dec. 30, 1718, m. Kezia Ellis, Medfield. 
Deborah, b. Apr. 9, 1722. 

Lydia, b. Sept. 12, 1723. 

3. Samuel^ (Nathaniel, Simon^, Henry-, Stephen^), b. 
Feb. 14, 1689, m. 1720, Mary, dau. of Henry and Mary (Allen) 
Harding of Medfield, b. May 12, 1701 ; d. July 9, 1778. He d. 
in 1778. Mr. Chickering was the original settler on the 
Powisset farm and one of the thirty-four persons who peti- 
tioned the General Court in April, 1748, to make the Spring- 
field precinct a parish, and to be freed from the ministerial 
rate in other places, that they might build a meeting-house of 
their own and settle a minister. This request was granted 
and it led to the organization of the First Parish in 1749. He 
was a cordwainer by trade, a schoolmaster and farmer. The 
house of Samuel Chickering is somewhere spoken of as near 
"Rattlesnake Rock." Rattlesnakes were numerous in the 
rocky woods west of Hartford street, in fact they were plenti- 
ful at one time in the whole vicinity. Rattlesnake oil was 
used by the early inhabitants as a cure for rheumatism and 
sprains. The oil is very penetrating and snakes were hunted 
for the oil which they yielded. Children : 

Samuel, b. Mar. 19,, 1721, d. Apr. 10, 1721. 

Samuel, b. Mar. 18, 1722. 

Mary. b. Apr. 23, 1724, m. Aug. 14, 1751, Samuel Fisher. 

Abigail, b. Nov. i, 1726, d. Feb. 1727. 

Henry, b. July 30, 1728, d. Aug. 3, 1728. 

Sarah, b. Aug. 9, 1732, d. Oct. 28, 1732. 

Desire, b. Aug. 27, 1734, d. Nov. 3, 1734. 


4. John^ (Nathaniel^, NathanieH, SimonS, Henry2, 

Stephenl), b. Aug. 23, 1715, m. Mary ; m. 2ndly, Jan. 9, 

1766, Mrs. Elizabeth Gay of Dcdham. He marched at the 
Lexington Alarm, Apr. 19, 1775. Children : 

(7) John, b. Aug. 21, 1744, m. Lois Marsh of Medfield. 

Samuel, b. Sept. 28, 1745, d. May 12, 1746. 

Abigail, b. Nov. 25, 1747. 

Timothy, b. Mar. 10, 1750. 

Samuel, b. May 24, 1755. 

Molly, b. Sept. 20, 1758. 
fOliver, m. 1772, Tabitha Hooker; children, Oliver and Obed, b. 
Aug. 20, 1772. Moved to Rutland. 

Abner, b. Oct. 5, 1765-6, m. Eunice Dakin, Apr. 19, 1791, m. sec- 
ondly, Lydia Stratton, settled in Mason, N. H. His son, 
Jonas, was the original manufacturer of the celebrated Chick- 
ering piano, which has made the name known in two hemis- 

tOliver Chickering served in the Revoluton from Dedham and after moving to 
Rutland did guard duty, where many British soldiers were held as prisoners of war 
for many months. That part of Rutland where the Chickerings lived was known for 
many years as Chickeringville and was located not far from the old barracks. 

5. Joseph^ (Nathaniel^, NathanieH, Simon^, Henry2, 
Stephenl), b. May 5, 1717, m. Feb. 7, 1743-4, Rebecca, dau. Jo- 
siah and Hannah (Fisher) Newell (she m. 2ndly Mar. 2, 1757, 
Dea. Joseph Haven), d. Nov. 28, 1754. He had a farm from 
the original estate, which in later years was known as the 
Haven place. Flis house is still standing, and is said to have 
been built in 1747. His son, Joseph, belonged to the Dover 
Company of Minute Men and marched at the Lexington 
Alarm; his grandson, Jabez, was the second minister of the 
Norwood Congregational Church. He was one of the first 
young men from the Springfield Parish to go to college. He 
graduated from Harvard in 1774 and studied theology with 
the Rev. Benjamin Caryl. Children: 

Experience, b. Nov. 10, 1744, d. Sept. 29, 1746. 

Rebecca, b. Aug. 4, 1746, m. June 14, 1764, Lemuel Richards. 

Joseph b. Sept. 10, 1748, d. Dec. 4, I7S4- 

Deborah, b. June 3, 1751, d. Dec. 3, 1754. 

Jabez, b. Nov. 4, 1753, m. Hannah, dau. Rev. Thomas Balch, Dedham. 


6. Daniel^ (Nathaniels, NathanieH, SimonS, Henry2, 
Stephen^), b. Dec. 30, 1718; m. in 1745, Kezia, dau. of Thomas 
and Elizabeth (Morse) Ellis of Medfield, b. in 1726, d. Oct. 12, 
1793. He d. Apr. 11, 1790. At this time, when so much is 
being said about the conservation of foodstuffs, it is of inter- 
est to note how our grandmothers dried, in the most primi- 
tive way, the perishable summer fruits and vegetables which 
today are too often allowed to go to waste. Commencing 
with the blueberry they dried the succession of berries as 
they came along, followed in the early fall by the apple, peach, 
squash, pumpkin, and pole bean, all of which greatly extended 
the foodstuff's of every family long before the processes of 
canning was known. Children : 

Elizabeth, b. Oct. 14, 1746, d. Sept. 23, 1778. 

Kezia, b. Apr. 27, 1748, m. Oct. 14, 1772, Joseph Morse, Natick. 

(8) Nathaniel, b. Mar. 24, 1730, m. Esther Dewing. 
Lydia, b. in 1752, m. Feb. 25, 1777, James Mann, Jr. 
Joseph, b. Feb. 4, 1755, d. Jan. 3, 1812. 

Daniel, b. Aug. 20, 1758, was a student in physics in Wilming- 
ton, in 1784. 

(9) Simon, b. July, 1761, d. Aug. 20, 1778. 

Jesse, b. Sept. 22, 1763, m. Dorcas Smith, Medfield. 

7. JohnT (John6, Nathaniel^, NathanieH, Simon^, Henry2, 
Stephenl), b. Aug. 21, 1744, m. July 2, 1767, Lois, dau. John 
and Lydia (Smith) Marsh of Medfield. He settled the farm 
owned by the late Patrick Slavin on Farm street, but later 
lived on Strawberry hill. Marched at the Lexington Alarm. 
Children : 

Thaddeus, b. Nov. 4, 1767. 
(id) David, b. May 3, 1769, m. Sarah Plympton, Medfield. 

(11) John, b. Mar. 25, 1771, m. Abigail Wilson, Dover. 
Louise, b. Jan. 29, 1773. 

James, b. Oct. 5, 1774. 
Rebecca, b. Apr. 18, 1777. 
Bettie, b. July 30, 1779. 

(12) Hartshorn, b. May 22, 1780, m. Mary Smith, Medfield. 
Shubal, b. Jan. 3, 1782. 

Alpheus. b. Oct. i, 1783. 
Shimia, b. July 10, 1785. 


8. Nathaniel^ (Daniel^, Nathaniels, NathanieH, SimonS, 
Henry-, Stephen^), b. Mar. 29, 1750; m. Sept. 17, 178 1, Esther, 
dau. of Andrew and Esther (Richardson) Dewing, b. Jan. 25, 
1762; d. Jan. 27, 1845. He d. Feb. 5, 1837. Nathaniel took his 
farm from the southerly part of the Chickering estate and built 
his house, which is now standing on the original site, just back 
of the house occupied by the late Mrs. Ziolkow^ski on Walpole 
street. Like most of the early houses it had only one living 
room. The cellar was reached through a trap door, still to be 
seen, and the loft where the children slept was reached by a 
ladder. When Mr. Chickering furnished his house, all the fur- 
niture, it is said, was ordered from England, and much of it is 
still in existence. At a later period much furniture was made 
from timber cut on Dover farms. Cabinet makers went from 
house to house and bureaus and chests of drawers were often 
built in the bed rooms where they stood for many years. In 
some instances the dimensions exceeded those of the doors and 
windows and families in moving had to leave old pieces of 
furniture behind or have them taken to pieces by a cabinet 
maker. Mr. Chickering was a civil engineer and was one of 
the early town treasurers, the office containing for many years 
in the family. He served at the Battle of Lexington and at 
Ticonderoga in 1776. Children: 

Simeon, b. Mar. 23, 1782, d. Apr. 2, 1790. 

Nathaniel, b. May 23, 1784, m. Fannie Nelson, res. Enfield. 

(13) Daniel, b. Aug. 13. 1787, m. Caroline Clark. 
Polly, b. May 26, 1789; d. Nov. 2, 1789. 

(14) Leonard, b. Nov. 2, 1790; m. Roxa Capen, Dedham. 
Simeon b. Sept. 26, 1792 d. Oct. 9, 1800. 
Joseph, b. Sept. 18. 1794, d. Oct. 25, 1800. 

Otis, b. Oct. 16, 1796, d. Oct. 16, 1800. 
Lucy, b. Jan. 13, 1799. d. Oct. 15, 1800. 
Esther, b. May 10, 1801, d. July 18, 1819. 
Almira, b. Apr.; 7, 1806, m. Oct. 26, 1825, Samuel B. Scott of 

9. Jesse^ (Daniel^, Nathaniel'^ Nathaniel*, Simon^, Henry^, 
Stephen^), b. Sept. 22, 1763; m. Sept. 14, 1791, Dorcas, dau. 



John and Jemima (Fales) Smith of Medfield, b. 1759 d Dec 
24, 1834. He d. 1834. Mr. Chickering occupied the' original 
homestead on Haven street. Children: 

^'^^ Fnf/^^' t °''- ^^' '791- m. Hannah Guild of Walpole 
Ellis, b. Mar. 14. 1793, d. Jan. 5, 1822 vvaipoie. 

rrfi^ ?'"''^K \ ^^'- ^' '795; d. July 18, 1825. 

^ cT.'ri ^"f- ^'' '797. m. Caroline Reaney of Boston 
Charles, b. Aug. 29, 1799. d. Aug. 5, 1801. ^°''°"- 

10. ^David^ (Johns John^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel^ Simon3 
Henr,- Mephen^), b. May 3, 1769; m. March 5, 1795 Sarah 
dau. of David and Sarah (V/right) Plympton of Medfield b' 
1/74. d. 1817. where he lived for several years. Children: 

Polly, b. 179-. 

Charles, b. 1798. 

Joseph, b. July 25, 1801. 

Eliza, b. 1809. 

II. ^ Johns (Johns John6, Nathaniel^ Nathaniel, Simon^ 
Henry-, Stephen^), b. Mar. 25. 1771, m. Mar. 28, 1799, Abigail' 
dau. Samuel and Abigail (Richards) Wilson, b. Sept. 12 1774' 
He bought the Dea. Joshua Ellis farm on Haven street ' 

A correspondent in giving some genealogical facts relating to 
this famdy contributed the following description of a wedding 
costume m 1828: ^ 

First the hair was done in pin curls. Do you know what pin curls 
are. The ha,r was trimmed squarely to the shoulders, a little 
longer than the modern Dutch cut. then a little tuft was taken 
and rolled up, not on the fingers, but between them so that it 
made a little ring close to the head. Through this a pin was 
thrust and another tuft taken up; when the hair was dry the 
pins were taken out and the curls dangled in little round rings' 
Two rows were made, one above the other, and when done num- 
bered about one hundred. The time occupied in doing this work 
vaned from one to two hours. You can thus see that time at 
this period was not very precious. On her head the bride wor'^ 
a flat hat, three-fourths of a yard in diameter, made of finely 


braided straw and sewed. It was trimmed with white love rib- 
bon. The dress was of white nainsook muslin made with short 
waist and low neck, the neck being filled in with lace. The short 
sleeves were worn with falling ruffles and long white lace mitts. 
The skirt contained two breadths with gores between. It fell 
exactly to the ankle joints and the bottom had three narrow 
crossgrain ruffles. Openwork stockings, white of course, and 
plum colored prunella slippers with high heels. Over the shoul- 
ders was worn a shawl or mantle like the dress and ruffled. In 
her hand she carried a muslin handkerchief three-fourths of a 
yard square, with an inch wide hemstitched border, and a "smell- 
ing bottle," in the shape of a long-legged boot. The smelling 
bottle and handkerchief I remember very well. Every article, 
except the slippers, was made by the bride's mother, even the 
mitts. No machines then, you know. I fear our girls of today 
would be old brides before they could complete such an outfit as 
this. Children : 

Calvin b. Sept. 25, 1799; d. Sept. 29, 1819. 

Abigail, b. Jan. 20, 1802, m. Manning Thayer of Bellingham. 

David, b. Jan. 28, 1804, d. in Dover. 

Mary W., b. Mar 27, 1805, m. Eliab Wight of Bellingham. 

William b. Mar. 11, 1807, d. in Dover. 

Lucy, b. Dec. i, 1812. 

John, b. Jan. 30, 1816, d. Dec. 19, 1891. 

12. Hartshorn^ (John", John^, Nathaniel, Nathaniel-*, 
Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b. May 22, 1780, m. in 1805 Mary, 
dau. of Dea. Jonathan and Mercy (Day) Smith of Medfield. 
Children : 

Lois, b. April 6, 1808. 
Abigail, b. in Medfield, 1810. 

13. Daniel^ (Nathaniel", Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel"* Si- 
mon^, Henry2, Stephen^), b. Aug. 13, 1787, m. Nov. 23. t8io, 
Caroline Clark, b. Mar. 2, 1790, d. Aug. 4, 1817, m. 2ndly Apr. 
28, 1819, Orpha, dau, Joseph and Bethsheba (Leonard) Bur- 
bank of Medfield, b. Sept. 17, 1799, ^- J^"- ^7' ^^72. She prob- 


ably belonged to the Burbank family of Maine or New Hamp- 
shire, all of whom are descended from John Burbank, who was 
made a freeman in Rowley, May 13, 1640. He is believed to be 
the ancestor of all of the name in New England. He was a 
deacon in the Dover Evangelical Congregational Church and 
for a time lived in Medfield. He was an inventive genius and 
was the inventor of mud shoes ; a machine for cutting and head- 
ing nails at the same time, and a self-loading and unloading 
cart. He was prominent in starting the stock company which 
carried on the "New Mill" at the falls, near Powisset, for the 
rolling and slitting of Norway iron. He had much to do with 
its equipment, which for those days was considered the very best. 
On his return to Dover he took up his residence on his father's 
farm on Walpole street. He d. Jan. 17, 1872!. Children: 

Cyrus Clark, b. in Medfield, Nov. 30, 1812. m. Sarah N. Scott, 

Aug. 31, 1841, d. Nov. 18, 1865. She was b. Apr. 14, 1818. 

Residence, New York. 
(17) James, b. in Medfield, May 7, 1821, m. Phebe Ann Thompson of 

Caroline Frances, b. Feb. 22, 1826, m. Oct. 13, 1846, Leonard 

Almira S., b. Sept. 3, 1834; d. Sept. 19, 1853. 

14. Leonard" (Nathaniel®, Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Simon^^ 
Henry2, Stephen^), b. Nov. 2, 1790, m., Jan. i, 1829, Roxa, dau. 
of Nathaniel and Submit Capen of Dedham, b. Nov. 19, 1798, 
d. Mar. 24, 1849. Children: 

Otis, b. Oct. 19, 1829, m. Caroline M. Perry, June 6, i860, res. Cats- 
kill, N. Y. 

Lucy A., b. Oct. 10, 1833. 

Harriet R., b. June 13, 1836, m. June i. 1863, William Fisher of Nor- 

15. George^ (Jesse^, Daniel®, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel*, Simon^,. 
Henry2, Stephen^), b. Dec. 25, 1791, m. Nov, 30, 1826, Hannah, 
dau. Samuel and Keturah (Cleveland) Guild of Walpole, b. 
Sept. 29, 1776, d. May 24, 1881. He d. Sept. 28, 1857. Mr. 

tSuperintendents of the Sunday School of the Evangelical Congregational Church 
previous to 1900, Daniel Chickering, John Q. A. Nichols, Ithamar Whiting, George 
L. Howe. 


Chickering was for many years the town treasurer and lived on 
the original homestead on Haven street. Children : 

Dorcas Ann, b. Oct. 29, 1827, m. Nov. 30, 1848, Abiathar Richmond 

Tuck, of South Natick. 
George E., b. Apr. 29, 1830. 
Samue! Guild, b. June 13. 1836, m. July, 1889, Mary Eaton, res. 

William H., b. Dec. 19. 1838, d. Feb. 21, 1877. 
Hannah E., b. Aug. 19, 1841, d. Feb. 11, 1880. 

16. Jesse^ (Jesse", JDaniel^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel-^, Simon^, 
Henry-, Stephen^), b. Aug. 31, 1797, m. Nov. 18, 1838, Caroline, 
dau. William L, and Abigail (Englesby) Reaney of Boston, b. 
July 6, 1801, d. April 2, 1859. He d. May 29, 1855. Mr. Chick- 
ering resided at Jamaica Plain. He was at the time of his death 
perhaps the most eminent statistician in America. He gradu- 
ated at Harvard College in the class of 181 3, studied theology 
and became a Unitarian minister, but was never settled over a 
parish. Later he studied medicine, and received his degree in 
1833. After practising his profession in Boston ten years, he 
gave it up, and devoted himself to gathering statistics. His 
most elaborate work was on "The Population of Massachusetts 
from 1765 to 1840," and was published in 1846. In 1848 he 
published a valuable work on "Immigration in the United 
States." He was confidential correspondent of Daniel Webster 
and other leading statesmen. His last work was a very learned 
article, entitled "Letters Addressed to the President of the 
United States on Slavery, considered in relation to the consti- 
tutional principles of government in Great Britain and in the 
United States." He was a frequent contributor to American 
and European magazines. Dr. Chickering was a student in the 
fullest sense of the term, and carried an enthusiasm into his 
work that was remarkable. Child: 

Carrie E. 

17. James^ (Daniel^, Nathaniel'''. Daniel^, Nathaniel'', Na- 
thaniel. Simon^, Henry^, Stephen^), b. May 7, 1821, m. May 7, 


1844, Phebe Ann, dau. William and Margaret (Nelson) 
Thompson of Wales, b. Oct. 20, 1823, d. Jan. 26, 1905. He d. 
Oct. 20, 1875. He lived on the Walpole street homestead. Mr. 
Chickering was a prominent citizen, a member of the board of 
selectmen and a deacon in the Evangelical Congregational 
Church. Children : 

Eldora D., b. July i6, 1847, d. Dec. 25, 1863. 

Edella D., b. Nov. 17, 1748, m. June 6, 1870, Thomas C. Norton, 
m. 2ndly May 15, 188S. Allen F. Smith. 

(18) Charles Henry, b. Feb. 27, 1851. 

18. Charles^^ Henry (James^, Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Daniel^, 
Nathaniel^, Nathaniel*, Simon^, Henry-, Stephen^), b. Feb. 2y, 
1 85 1, m. Feb. 17, 1874, Lucy Alaria, dau. Richard and Lucy G. 
(Aldrich) Henry, b. Dec. i, 1850, d. Mar. 13, 1880, m. 2ndly 
Apr. 19, 1883, Lizzie A., dau. Abiathar R. and Dorcas Ann 
(Chickering) Tuck, b. Nov. 9, 1851. He d. Mar. 7, 1890. Mr. 
Chickering was a contractor and did much building in Newton. 
He lived on Haven street. Children : 

Alma M., b. Apr. 20, 1877, d. July 4, 1913. 

(19) James H.. b. Nov. 24. 1878. 

George R., b. Jan. 24, 1880, m. Aug. 9, 191 1, Amy Henry, res. 

19. James^^ Henry (Charles Henry^^, James^, Daniel^, Na- 
thaniel", Daniel^, Nathaniel^, Nathaniel*, Simon^, Henry^, 
Stephen!) , b. Nov. 24, 1878, m. Jan. 7, 1905, Miriam B., dau. 
William F. and Eliza T. (Allen) De Meritt. Mr. Chickering 
has been for many years a member of the board of selectmen. 
Children : 

Antoinette, b. Sept. 10, 1905. 
Emily Edella, b. July 25, 1909. 


Jacob^ Clark (Jacob^, David*, Solomon^, Joseph- Joseph^), 
b. in Medfield, Nov. 4, 1774, m. Nov. 29, 1798, Prudence, dau. 
Timothy and Prudence (Battelle) Stowe, b. Feb. 27, 1756. He 


d. in Dedham Jan. 29, 1837. Mr. Clark engaged with John 
Williams in the hotel, store and livery business at the old tav- 
ern on Dedham street in 1799. After a few years Mr. Williams 
succeeded to the business, and Mr. Clark moved to Federal 
hill, Dedham, where he manufactured waterwheels under the 
firm name of Clark & Holmes. He was a descendant of Joseph 
Clark, an early resident of Dedham, and one of the thirteen 
original settlers of Medfield. Children : 

Sally Stowe, b. Nov. 21. 18a:), d. Oct. 11, 1811. 

Prudence, b. Oct. 24, 1802, m. Feb. 5. 1826, Elijah Howe, Dedham. 


1. David- Cleveland (George^) was descended from Moses 
Cleveland, who came to America in 1635 and settled in Wo- 
burn. He was born in Walpolc, May i, 1744. Mr. Cleveland 
bought the Richard Bacon farm on Main street. He served in 
the last French and Indian War, also at the Lexington Alarm. 
He married May 12, 1773, Rachel, dau. Hezekiah and Jemima 
(Kingsbury) Allen, b. Feb. 4, 1749-50, d. Mar. 12, 1799, m. 
2ndly, Mrs. Kazia (Mason) Allen; she m. 3rdly, Nov. 9, 1826, 
Maj. Gen. Elijah Crane of Canton. Mr. Cleveland d. Apr. 4, 
1S20. Children : 

Ira, b. Dec. 31, 1773. d. Aug. 28, 1774. 
David, b. Sept. 4, 1775, settled in Providence. 
Ira, b. Dec. 21, 1777, settled in Hopkinton. 
Cyrus, b. Feb. 28, 1780. 
(2) George, b. May 12. 1782. 
Gad, b. Mar. 16, 1784. 

Rachel, b. Feb. i, 17S6. m. Nov. 29, 1815. Elijah Legg, Milford. 
Patty, b. Jan. 7, 1789, m. Alar. 20, 1814, Henry Adams, Natick. 
Polly, b. Jan. 7, 1789, m. Dec. 3, 1818. Jonathan Jones. Orange. 
Hitty, b. Dec. 31, 1794, m. Thatcher Colburn, W. Dedham. 
Pamela, b. 1799, m. Jesse Newell. 

2. George^ (David-, George^), b. May 12, 1782, m. Apr. 7, 
t8o8, Hannah, dau. Jonathan and Mercy (Day) Battle, b. July 
6, 1785. Mr. Cleveland was a public-spirited citizen, and when 
the North School district was organized in 1841 he gave the 


land on which the schoolhouse stood. The May election, the 
last Wednesday in the month, was always remembered as al- 
most every voter took home sheets of "election cake" which 
was on sale at the tavern or from bakers' carts. Children: 

Hannah, b. i8og, d. 1875. 
Mary Ann, b. Nov. 5, 1810, d. Jan. 6, 1868. 
(3) William, b. Oct. 4, 1812. 
Isaac, b. 1814. d. 1815. 

3. William^ (George^, David-, George^), b. Oct. 12, 1812, m. 

Sept. 14, 185 1. Mrs. Eliza F. Pickett, dau. William B. Fisher, 

Edgartown. He d. Dec. 30, 1870, at Andover. Child: 

George C, res. Toledo, Ohio. 


Bailey Cobb, b. Dec, 1794, m. 1822, Clarissa, dau. Thomas 
and Clarissa (William) Darling, d. Apr., 1884, in Philadel- 
phia. He died Oct., 1877. Mr. Cobb was for a number of 
years a resident of Dover and owned the Abner L. Smith place 
on Farm street. He v;as a respected citizen and a mem.ber of 
the board of selectmen. Of his eight children two of them 
married as follows : 

Caroline S., m. Apr. 10, 1850, William F. Smith, d. May 19, 1861. 
Annie Page. b. Aug. 5, 1842, m. May 14, 1863, William F. Smith, d. 
June 5, 1865. 


I. Danforth^ Colburn (SamueP, Samuel^, Benjamin^, Ben- 
jamin^, Nathaniel^), b. Sept. 25, 1771, m. Feb. 2, 1797, Hannah, 
dau. Eliphalet and Catherine (Colburn) Baker, b. Nov. 21, 1777, 
m. 2ndly, Aug. 27, 1806, Clarissa Coolidge. Mr. Colburn was 
descended in the sixth generation from Nathaniel Colburn, who 
received a grant of land in Dedham, Aug. 11, 1637. His de- 
scendants have long been residents of that part of Dedham 
which is now^ Westwood. Mr. Colburn was for some years a 
resident of Dover and had one child born here. Child : 

Catherine, b. Nov. iS, 1801. 


2. Irving^ (Joseph", Joseph*^, Joseph^, Joseph^, Joseph^, Jo- 
seph-, Nathaniel^), b. June 15, 1845, m. Jan. 5, 1876, Emma 
Elizabeth, dau. Rufus and Lydia (Mann) Battelle, b. July 8, 
1840, d. Jan. 4, 1915. ]\Ir. Colburn succeeded to the Rufus 
Battelle farm at the foot of Pegan hill street. Child : 

Martha Emma, b. Feb. 16, 1879. 

3. Martin** (Samuel-', Samuel^, Benjamin^, Benjamin-, Na- 
thanieP), b. Aug. 15, 1794, m. Nov. 29, 1819, Charlotte, dau. 
John and JMartha (Fuller) Fuller, b. Oct. 11, 1796, d. Apr. 30, 
1872. Children: 

William, m. Cordelia Swift. 

Martha, b. Apr. 29, 1823, m. Apr. 3, 1S44, Joseph Colburn. 

Lowell, b. July 2, 1825, m. June 17, 1852, Eliza D. Soule. 


John^ C. Coombs (Stephen", Simeon-, Elnathan^), son of 
Stephen and Gertrude Guile (Bartlett) Coombs, was born in 
Sanbornton, N. H., Jan. 22, 1839. He married Mar. 3, 1867 
Isabel Frances, daughter of Luther and Betsey (Mann) Rich- 
ards, b. Mar. 23, 1837. Mr. Coombs' grandfather, Simeon 
Coombs, enlisted in the Revolutionary army at eighteen years 
of age. He was a clergyman of the Baptist denomination and 
held pastorates in Jamaica, Vt., Middleboro, Mass., Harwich, 
Mass. and Hyannis, Mass. He also lectured or preached on 
temperance in all of the thirteen original states except two. 
On the maternal side, Mr. Coombs' grandfather, Daniel Bartlett, 
was in the Revolutionary War and his grandmother, Ruth 
(Guile) Bartlett, was a daughter of Major Ezekiel Guile of the 
Revolutionary army. Mr. Coombs' father was a clergyman of 
the Baptist denomination and held pastorates in Springfield, Vt., 
Lyme, N.H., Sanbornton, N. H., Salisbury, N. H., Harwich, 
Mass. and Yarmouth, Mass. He was also a mi; ?ionary for six 
years to the Mashpee Indians. Fie died at Concord, N. H. in 






his ninety-sixth year. Mr. Coombs served in the Civil War in 
the 15th N. H. regiment, Co. H., N. H. Volunteers; was mus- 
tered in Sept. 5, 1862 and discharged Aug. 13, 1863. He en- 
gaged in business as merchant and manufacturer for many years. 
He lived in Dover for more than twenty years and now lives 
in Wellesley. His daughters Alice Gertrude and Grace Irving 
Coombs attended the local school and were graduated from 
Dana Hall and Wellesley College. 


Edward Crosby, m. Apr. 3, 1828, Rachel A., dau. Calvin 
Newell. He was for a time a resident of Dover, being in the em- 
ploy of Draper Smith, he moved later to Dedham. Child : 

Ann, b. Aug. 27, 1830. 


1. George- R. Davidson (Samuel^), b. Ayershire, Scotland, 
July 7, 1829, m. Agnes, dau. William and Catherine (Chalmers) 
Hill, b. Jan. 4, 1839. He died May 9, 1876. Lived on Willow 
street, where his widow now resides. Children: 

Agnes M., b. Apr. 21, 1861. 
(2) Alfred M., b. Feb. 20, i860. 

2. Alfred-^ M. (George- R., Samuel^), b. Feb. 20, i860, m. 
Apr. 6, 1883, Mary E., dau. Timothy W. and Abigail (Jones) 
Hart, d. Apr. 3, 1886, m. 2ndly Feb. 4, 1888, Mary E., dau. Peter 
and Sarah (Finnigan) Butler of Hyde Park. He lived in Nor- 
folk and Brownville, Conn. He died Apr. 17, 1892. Children : 

Mary Agnes, b. Mar. 29, i88g, m. Mowry K. Cooksan, Needham. 
Afreda AI., b. Feb. 7, 1891, m. Charles W. Childs. Needham. 


I. Ralphs Day (Ralph^, Ralphi), b. Oct. 29, 1683, m. June 
30, 1708, Elizabeth, dau. of John and Elizabeth (Fisher) Ellis, 
b. 1687, d. July 26, 1715, m. 2ndly Jan. 20, 1716, Martha, dau. 


of Jonathan and Mary (Onion) Battelle, b. Mar. 13, 1691, d. 
May 2, 1745. Mr. Day inherited land from his father's estate 
and settled on Dedham street at the head of Strawberry hill 
street in 1708. This family appeared in the earliest records, 
relating to the Precinct and Parish, and is one of honor and 
respectability. They are descended from Ralph Day, the emi- 
grant, who was born in England, but where and at what date 
is unknown. He was admitted a freeman in Dedham January 
I, 1645. The bridge across Charles river in the east part of 
the town was named for this family. All of the Day settle- 
ments in Dover were made on the river and extend from the 
bridge west as far as the farm of Frederic H. Curtiss. Chil- 

Elizabeth, b. Jan. 27, 1710; m. Jan. i, 1732, John Herring, Wal- 

lingford. Conn. 
Mary, b. Feb. 7, 1712. m. Oct. 14, 1747, Ezekiel Richardson, Jr., 

Sarah, b. July 20, 1715. m. Apr. 28, 1736. Josiah Eaton, Needham. 

(2) Ralph, b. June 19, 1717. 

(3) Jonathan, b. Dec. 22, 1719-20. 

Martha b. May 26, 1732, d. Jan. 19, 1733. 

2. Ralph-* (Ralphs, Ralph"-, Ralph^), b. June 19, 1717, m. 
Apr. 26, 1739, Mary, dau. of Eleazer and Mary (Crosby) Ellis 
of Dedham, b. Apr. 18, 1719. d. June i, 1761, m. 2ndly, 1762, 
Mercy, dau. of Henry and Mary (Morse) Leland of Sherborn. 
and widow of Nathaniel Winship of Holliston, d. of "numb 
palsy" Mar. 25, 1795. 

Mr. Day was a highly respected citizen and prominent dur- 
ing the period of the Revolutionary War, representing Dedham 
in many important affairs. He was several times elected :i 
member of the Dedham board of selectmen. When the First 
Parish Church was organized in 1762 Mr. Day was chosen one 
of the deacons. He served at the Lexington Alarm, Apr. 19, 
1775. He lived on the Day homestead on Dedham street. Chil- 
dren : 

Martha, b. Sept. 21, 1740, d. Apr. i. 1763, unmarried. 
Ralph, b. Aug. 22, 1742, d. Nov. 14, 1765, unmarried. 


Mary, b. May 20, 1744, m. May 28, 1765, Ithamar Whiting. 

(4) John, b. June 15, 1763. His father was paid 30 pounds for his 

doing soldier duty in 1780. 
Mercy, b. June 2, 1766, m. June 17, 1784, Jonathan Battle. 

(5) Ralph, b. Nov. 17, 1768. 

3. Jonathan^ (Ralph^, Ralph2, Ralphi), b. Dec. 22, 1719, m. 
July 7, 1743, Hannah, dau. of Ebenezer and Abigail (Allen) 
Battle, of Dedham, b. May 31, 1721, d. Mar. 7, 1775, m. 2ndly, 
Sept. I. 1784, Prudence, dau. of Ebenezer and Dorothy (Child) 
Draper and widow (i) of Capt. Ebenezer Battle, and (2) of 
Joshua Whiting of Dedham, d. Sept. 4, 1807. He d. at Oxford. 
Jan. 4, 1802. Mr. Day settled on that part of his father's farm 
which is now owned by George D. Burrage on Dedham street. 
He sold his fanti in 1779 and went to Oxford. He served at 
the Lexington Alarm in 1775. Was a selectman in Dedham for 
several years. Called to Boston, Aug. 30, 1774, to serve as a 
grand juror, but like other patriots of the time, refused to serve 
in open court. Children : 

Jonathan, b. May 4, 1744, settled in Dudley. 

Hannah, b. Apr. 30, 1746, m. Aug. 3, 1773, Samuel Dix, Needham. 
Ebenezer, b. Oct. 12, 1747, settled in Needham. 
Thomas, b. Jan. 25, 1749, d. Jan. 25, 1749. 

Sarah, b. Sept. i, 1751. m. Apr. 25, 1771, John Mayo, Oxford. 
David, b. Feb. 25, 1753, res. Franklin and Oxford. 
Rebecca, b. Sept. 7, 1754, m. May 26, 1789. Peleg Corbin, of Thomp- 
son, Conn. 
Olive, b. Aug. 31, 1757, d. young. 
Jabez, b. June 15, 1759, d. young. 

4. JohnS (Ralph*, Ralph^, Ralph^, Ralph^), b. June 15, 1763, 
m. May 12, 1786, Lois Stimson, d. July 18, 1812. He died 1845. 
He settled on that part of his father's farm on Dedham street 
which was owned by the late Daniel Richards. After selling 
his farm he moved to Needham. The reason is sometimes 
asked why in a farming community so many small pieces of 
land exist, often walled in and remote from road or leading 
way. It often happened in the early time, when the ownership 


of real property was was a prerequisite for voting, that young 
men becoming of age were given small pieces of land to enable 
them to qualify as voters. In this way some pieces of wood 
land, still in possession of descendants, were acquired in this 
vicinity. Children : 

John, b. Dec. 14, 1786, d. 1831, in Conn., unmarried. 

Mary, b. Nov. 8, 1789, m. June 8, 1808, Thaddeus Bullen, Needham. 

Lucinda, b. Mar. 6, 1793, m. Aaron Smith, Hopkinton. 

Hannah, b. , d. 1831, unmarried. 

5. Ralphs (Ralph4, Ralph^ Ralphs Ralphi), b. Nov. 17, 
1768, m. Dec. II, 1792, Sarah, dau. Josiah and Sarah (Wilson) 
Fisher, of Dedham, b. June 6, 1770, d. Feb. 16, 181 5, m. 2ndly, 
Nov. 28, 1816, Hannah, dau. Abel Wright, of Providence. He 
died Sept. 27, 1845. Mr. Day lived on the homestead, which 
he sold, and moved to Cambridge. He was a carpenter by trade. 
The Hon. Amos Perry of Providence once related his discour- 
agement in measuring his ability with young Day, in the First 
Parish Sunday School. The class consisted of eight or nine 
boys, who had for a teacher Ebenezer Newell. It was Mr. 
Newell's custom to assign passages of scripture to be committed 
to memory and repeated the following Sunday. The ability of 
Day to commit a whole chapter of the Bible, and repeat it ver- 
batim, was a marvel to young Perry, who aspired to a college 
education, but who found it difficult to learn by heart. Mr. 
Perry illustrated how nature makes up for deficiencies in one 
direction by giving powers in another. He had the faculty of 
finding places and directions by written descriptions of them. 
When visiting Jerusalem for the first time, he was enabled to go 
anywhere in the city without a guide, as he could locate streets 
and places from memory of maps and pictures which he had 
seen. Children : 

Sarah, b. Dec. 13, 1793. m. .A^pr. 24, 1820, Aaron D. Mayo, Roxbury. 
Betsey, b. May i, 1796, m. 24, 1820, Joseph Converse, Boston. 
Josiah F., b. June 19, 1798. 

Pamelia. b. Feb. 7. 1800. m. Adolphus B. Converse, Boston. 
Ralph, b. Sept. 6, 1801, settled in Cambridge. 



Luke^ Dean, b. May 29, 1750, m., 1771, Rebecca Russell, who 
died in 1824. He died Mar. 18, 1825. The crumbling cellar of 
the homestead of the Dean family can be seen today on the 
grounds of the Powisset Club Association.* A single rose bush 
tells the pathetic tale that this spot, now devoted to pleasure and 
amusement, was once a happy home where merry children 
played, and where their parents met the cares and duties and 
responsibilities of daily life. Here the fire of patriotism burned 
in a patriot's heart as Luke Dean on more than one occasion 
served his country in the Revolution. Standing today on the 
grounds of the Powisset Association, the arch of the firmament 
above and the groves which were God's first temple around, the 
stillness broken only by the song of birds, what emotions arise 
as one mentally contemplates the life of the patriots who dwelt 
in this vicinity a hundred years ago. Thomas Larrabee, whose 
Revolutionary service as a member of Washington's Life Guard 
has been often recalled, lived but a short distance away. Around 
the fireplace of that crumbling home, now the property of the 
town, he related his experience at Valley Forge, where, during 
the long winter he tried as a cobbler to mend the officers' shoes. 
We can imagine him describing the condition of the American 
Army in that bleak December weather with only the cold frozen 
ground to sleep upon, without straw or blankets ; three thou- 
sand sick, out of an army of thirteen thousand, half clothed 
and half fed soldiers. Beyond on Strawberry hill lived Jabez 
Baker, Samuel and Ephraim Wilson, Daniel and David Fuller, 
Josiah Richards, with seven sons, all of whom took part in the 
Revolution. Southward were the homes of the Cheneys, Tis- 
dales and Herrings, all of whom were builders of the nation. 
Around these firesides, as well as in the camp, these patriots 
must have sung that lyric which was on every tongue in 1776. 

'Discontinued as a club a few years since. 


Hark! hark! the sound of war is heard. 
And we must all attend : 
Take up our arms and go wath speed 
Our country to defend. 

Truly this is sacred ground,* and of the many who go in and 
out how few recall the lives and deeds of these patriots. Chil- 

Rebecca, b. Nov. 4, 1776. m. May 27, 1802, Artimas Adams. 
Cate, b. Sept. i, 1778, m. Abner Atherton, Dedham. 
Richard b. May 10, 1781, m. Calla Herring, Dedham. 
Betsey, b. Apr. 6, 1783, m. Abner Atherton (2nd wife). 
Polly, b. Jan. 16, 1786. m. Simeon Plimpton. 
Joseph, b. Apr. 14, 1788, d. yoiuig. 
Faxon, b. Sept. 8, 1791, went South and died there. 
Hannah, b. Feb. 25. 1794. m. 1810, John W. Adam.s, Medfield. 
Roxy, b. Mar. 4. 1797. 

Colburn, b. June 23, 1799, m. Temperance Blake. He d. in Framing- 
ham in 1864. 
John C, b. Mar. 13, 1801. believed to have died young. 

2. Joseph^ (Joseph^, Joseph^, Johni) was descended from 
John Dean, who with his wife, Sarah, appeared in Dedham in 
1676. He m. Dec. 11, 1734, Hannah, dau. John and Sarah 
(Whiting) Baker, b. Jan. 10, 1713-14. Children: 

Joseph, b. July 17, 1735. 
Caroline, b. Mar. 19, 1737. 
Luke, b. May 29, 1750. 


I. Martin^ Derby (Martin^, Abner*, Jonathan^, Jonathan^. 
Edward!) , b. Oct. 13, 1826, m. Oct. 8, 1851, Ann F., dau. Rufus 
and Lydia (Mann) Battelle, b. Aug. 4, 1830. This family is 
descended from Edward Derby, who was in Taunton in 1701. 

Mr. Derby came to Dover from Weymouth in 1849; he 
worked at his trade, that of a boot maker, and for a year was 

*Often called Dunklin hole. 


in business with his cousin, Abner L. Derby. He returned with 
his family to Weymouth in 1855. Children: 

Isabelle F.. b. July 31, 1852, m. 1874, Joseph F. Burrell. 
Irving B.. b. Aug. 9, 1859, d. Mar. 17, 1879. 
Alvan P. b. Feb. 10, 1862, res. Natick. 

2. Abner*^ L. (Abner^, Abner^, Jonathan-^, Jonathan-, Ed- 
ward^), b. Aug. 24, 1827, m. Oct. 8, 185 1, CaroHne N., dau. 
Sherman and Hitty (Newell) Battelle, b. Sept. 12, 1827. Mr. 
Derby was in business as a grocer here for some years. In 1859 
he removed to Elmira, New York, and in 1889 settled at River- 
side, California. Children : 

Monroe N., b. June 16, 1853. d. Jan. i. 1856. 
Eugene A., b. June 30, 1857, d. May 18, 1880. 
Carleton W., b. July 28, 1868. 


I. Andrew Dewing first appeared in Dedham in 1646, in 
which year he was received into the church and also made a 
freeman. He is believed to have come to America from Lin- 
colnshire, England. His only settlement in Dedham seems to 
have been on the Clay brook road, about a mile east of the In- 
dian settlement at South Natick. The site of his house can still 
be seen near the picnic grounds of the late Benjamin N. Sawin. 
When he moved to what is now Wellesley in 1669, he sold his 
farm to Thomas Battelle and it became the original Battelle 
homestead in Dover. Mr. Dewing was a member of the An- 
cient and Honorable Artillery Company and a minister to the 

South Natick Indians. He m. Lydia , d. Oct. 13, 1651, m. 

2ndly, Nov. 10, 1652, Ann Donstall. He died Sept. 16, 1677. 
Children : 

John. b. Jan. 16, 1649, d. in infancy. 
John, b. July 19, 1651. 
Andrew, b. Dec. 26, 1655. 
Rachel, bapt. June 27, 1658. 
Lydia, b. about 1660. 
Jonathan, b. Apr. 3, 1663. 
Ann, bapt. May 6, 1666. 
Deborah, b. Oct., 1668. 



1. James- Draper (Thomas^), b. 1618, m. Apr. 21, 1646, 
Miriam, dau. Gideon and Grace (Eastwood) Stanfield of Wads- 
worth, Yorkshire, b. Nov. 27, 1625, d. Jan. 1697. He d. in Rox- 
bury in July, 1694. Mr. Draper came with his wife to America 
about 1650 and first settled in Roxbury. Later (1656) he took 
up his residence in that part of Dedham which is now Dover, 
but subsequently returned to West Roxbury, where he and his 
wife are buried. He sold his farm in Dedham to his son John 
in 1688, which contained 216 acres, with all the timber, build- 
ings and fences, bounded on the south by Medfield and on the 
north by Natick. This estate was long in the family, and a part 
of it was occupied by his lineal descendant, the late George 
Draper Everett, on Farm street. This old and prominent fam- 
ily is descended from Thomas Draper of Heptonstall, Vicarage 
of Halifax, Yorkshire County, England. Mr. Draper was a 
clothier and fuller there, or one who manufactured cloth and 
fulled it ready to be made into clothes. Children : 

Miriam, b. Heptonstall, England, Feb. 7, 1646-7. said to have m. 
David Holbrook. 

Susanna, b. Roxbury about 1650, m. 1668, John Bacon, Charles- 

Sarah, b. Roxbury, 1652, m. May 19, 1669, James Hadlock. 

James, b. Roxbury, 1654, d. Roxbury, Apr. 30, 1698. 
(2) John, b. Dedham, June 24, 1656, d. Apr. 5. 1749. 

Moses, b. Dedham, Sept. 26, 1663, d. Boston, Aug. 14. 1693. 

Daniel, b. Dedham, May 30, 1665, m. Elizabeth Brackett, res. 

Patience, b. Ro.xbury, Aug. 17. 1668, m. Ebenezer Cass, Boston. 

Jonathan, b. Roxbury, Mar. 10, 1670, d. Roxbury, Feb. 28, 1746-7. 

2. John^ (James-, Thomas^), b. June 24, 1656, m. Sept. 3, 
1686, Abigail, dau. John and Mary (Eaton) Mason, b. Aug. 6, 
1659, d. Jan. 26, 1704, m. 2ndly, June 12, 171 1, Judeth Rogers, 
d. Mar. 30, 1730. m. 3rdly, Nov. 26, 1730, Elizabeth Mason, 
widow of Joseph Mason and dau. Joseph and Mary (Fair- 
banks) Daniels, b. 1679. ^^ ^^^d April 5, 1749. Soon after 
his marriage Mr. Draper purchased the Dedham farm, which 

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was located on Farm street, and included the farms of Chester 
A. Hanchett, the late George D. Everett, and other lands. The 
original house was on the south side of the farm near the Med- 
field line. This old house, like many others, had a cellar whicii 
was unventilated and the stale air unmoving and unmoved could 
not be breathed without danger. Under these conditions farmers 
who worked in their cellars in sorting fruit and vegetables al- 
ways came out with a bad cold, whereas if they had first 
shoveled away the banking from the closed doors and admitted 
fresh air for a few hours before entering they would have ex- 
perienced no injurious effects. They had not learned what is 
now common knowledge that cold air which is stirring cannot 
injure or affect any one. Children by first wife : 

Abigail, b. Dec. 1686. m. Jan. 19, 171 1, John Battle. 
Susanna, b. Aug. i, 1687, m. John Plympton, Medfield, m. 2ndly, 
Stephen Sabin, Medfield. 

(3) John, b. Feb. 20, 1690, d. Apr. 13. 1766. 
Mary, b. Oct. 22. 1693, d. Aug. 25, 1700. 
Hannah, b. Aug. 7, 1695, d. Aug. 24, 1700. 

(4) Joseph, b. June 3, 1699. 

James, b. Jan. 29, 1701, d. Jan. 7, 1719. 
Mehitable, b. Jan. 14, 1704. 

3. John'^ (John^, James^, Thomas^), b. Feb. 20, 1690, m. 
Sept. 18, 1724, Maria, dau. Thomas and Abigail (Martin) 
Hall of Dedham, b. May 8, 1701, d. Apr. 13, 1766. Mr. Draper 
built a house on land which belonged to his father on Springdale 
avenue, which was later owned by William Whiting. The 
original house on this farm, removed about forty years ago, was 
always banked for winter to keep the cold winds out. In the 
spring the leach barrel was always in evidence and in summer 
the open doors gave a draft of cooling air which made the room? 
comfortable. The huge fireplace piled high with logs made the 
atmosphere of the living room as warm as possible in winter. 
Beside the fireplace was the brick oven where the Thanksgiv- 
ing feast was cooked, a process characterized by a rare skill that 
has been handed down from generation to generation by New 


England housewives. While there were no celery plumes to 
grace the table, there was an abundance of cranberry sauce 
made from berries gathered in the meadow near at hand. Last 
but not least was an abundance of cider made from native ap- 
ples which had a flavor and color unknown to the present gen- 
eration in Dover. The thrift of the housewife was shown m 
the saving of the turkey's wings, which were used durmg the 
year in dusting by the most immaculate housekeepers. The 
brick Indian tepee, which Laurence Mmot has built on this 
old farm is of especial interest as it carries one back to the time 
when Indian wigwams were as numerous in the town as are the 
houses today. Every detail of this house corresponds to that 
of the frail Indian shelter of former days. The large circular 
living room-twenty-four feet in diameter-occupies two-thirds 
of the house, in which there are four windows and two glass 
doors looking out on the surrounding country. In the centre ot 
the room is the bed for the camp fire which is so arranged that 
the smoke escapes from the chimney-flue at the apex ot the 
tepee, thirty-two feet high. When the logs are piled high m the 
centre of the room the perfect current of air carries the smoke 
straight up through the chimney in a thin line, visible to those 
about the fire, as it was in the Indian wigwam. The conical- 
shaped ceiling of the room is a beautiful sky, a rich dark blue, 
in which a myriad of stars twinkle just as they do on the i8th 
of March in each year, the day selected by Mr. Minot as his 
model. The various constellations— the big dipper, the little 
dipper the north star, Orion and other stars are all there in 
perfect reproduction. Aside from the tepee room fireplace 
everything is electrically equipped. Electrical radiators are in 
every room. A large electric range is in the kitchen. Every- 
thing is so arranged that by turning a switch in Mr. Minot's 
sleeping room the heat begins to generate in the electric radi- 
ator the stove in the kitchen begins to warm up, and an hour 
later everything is warm and cosy. When Mr. Minot closes the 
front door of his tepee, after a week's end, it starts an auxiliary 



electric appliance working at a very low voltage, whereupon all 
the cold water in the house becomes lukewarm. Thus on the 
coldest day in winter the place will not freeze up. Children : 

(5) John, b. Aug. 8, 1725, d. Feb. 3, 1805. 

,^, ^lary, b. July 7, 1727, m. Oct. 31, 1754, Samuel Burrage, Newton. 

(6) Thomas, b. June 26, 1732. 

Moses, b. June 29, 1734, d. Feb. i. 1741. 

Jonathan, b. Apr. 18, 1737. 

Maria, b. Aug. 27, 1739. 

Susanna, b. Mar. 12, 1748, res. Newton. 

Abigail, b , m. Mar. i, 1763, Alexander Shepherd. Newton 

Joseph b. . 

4. Joseph-i (JohnS, James^, Thomas^), b. June 3, 1699, m. 
Jan. 27, 1725, Deborah, dau. Samuel and Deborah (Lovell) 
Ellis of Medfield, b. 1700. Mr. Draper built a house on his 
father's land on Farm street, which was owned by the late Wil- 
liam Slavin. Here Mr. Draper lived and reared his family. 
Children : 

Deborah, b. Jan. 23. 1727, m. May i, 1753, Nathaniel Smith, 

Hannah, b. Aug. 25, 1728. 
Olive b Nov. 17, 1729, m. Oct. 12, 1749, John Gay, Natick. 

(7) Joseph, b. June g, 1731. 

(8) James, b. Feb. 20, 1732, d. Apr. 6, 1785. 
Sarah, b. Nov. 9, 1735. 

5. JohnS (John-i, John^, James^, Thomasi), b. Aug. 8, 1725, 
m. Oct. 3, 175 1, Abigail, dau. John and Elizabeth (Currig) 
Cheney, b. Aug. 20, 1727, d. Oct. 6, 1809. Mr. Draper lived on 
the homestead on Springdale avenue. He died Feb. 3, 1805. 
'Children : 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 15, 1752. 

Moses, b. Feb. g, 1754, settled in Boston. 

Lydia, b. May 22, 1756, m. Oct. 11, 1776. Benj. Wright. Medfield. 

(9) Josiah, b. Aug. 2, 1758. 

(10) Aaron, b. Jan. 13, 1761. 

(11) Daniel, b. Feb. 20, 1763. 
Abigail, b. May 2, 1765. 

Miriam, b. 1766, m. Oct. 13, 1797, Josiah Knowlton, Sherborn. 
Mary, b. June 12, 1767, m. 1787, Silas Bacon. 


6. Thomas^"* (John"*, Johir^, James-, Thomas^), b. June 26. 
1732, m. May 14, 1766, Lydia, dau. of John and Lydia (Bur- 
rage) Cheney, b, Feb. i, 1741. He lived on the John Draper. 
Jr., place on Farm street, which was long since abandoned. 
Child : 

Esther, b. July 26, 1767. 

7. Joseph"' (Joseph^, John^, James-, Thomas^), b. June 9, 

1731, m. Mar. i, 1759, Lydia, dau. Michael and Abigail Bacon, 
b. Dec. 21, 1734. Mr. Draper built the house and settled on that 
part of the original Draper farm which is now owned by An- 
drew J. Peters on Farm street. 

His son Enoch settled on the Natick side of Pegan hill and 
purchased in 1792 the Thomas Ellis farm, a part of which has 
remained in the family to the present time. This farm was 
once a home of Thomas Pegan for whose family or tribe the 
hill was named, and from whom the early settlers secured their 
titles. The name Pegan hill appears in the Dedham records as 
early as 1681, and was probably given to the hill in the early 
settlement of the town. Children : 

Deborah, b. Dec. i, 1759, m. Capt. David Morse, Sherborn. 
Enoch, b. May 8, 1763, m. June 12, 1788. Hannah Clark, Sher- 

(12) Michael, b. ]\Iay Q, 1765, d. Apr. 18, 1825. 
Joseph, b. Nov. 8, 1767, d. Oct. 6, 1770. 
Cato, b. Oct. 4, 1770. 

(13) Joseph, b. Oct. 15, 1773. d. Warwick. Jan. 12. 1855. 

8. James'"' (Joseph"*, John-^, James-, Thomas^), b. Feb. 20, 

1732, m. Apr. I, 1767, Lois, dau. John and Rachel Adams of 
Wrentham, b. Jan. 12, 1740. She married 2ndly Ebenezer Bat- 
telle and died Aug. 28, 1818. He d. Apr. 6, 1785. Mr. Draper 
lived on the homestead on Farm street near Springdale avenue. 
Children : 

Chloe, b. Mar. 15, 1768. d. Aug. 17. 1776. 
James, b. Nov. 21. 1771, d. Nov. 18, 1789. 
Mehitable, b. Oct. 18, 1773. d. Sept. 19. 1775. 


(14) Lois, b. Oct. 26, 1776, m. Mar. 25, 1797, Jesse Draper. 
William, b. Feb. 12, 1780. Graduated at Harvard, 1803, res. Pon- 

tiac, Michigan. 

9. Josiah6 (John^, John^ JohnS, James^, Thomasi), b. Aug. 
2, 1758, m. Keziah Knowlton, b. 1765, d. Oct. 13, 1843. Mr. 
Draper purchased land and cleared the farm on Center street 
owned by the late John McKenzie. Children : 

Polly, b. July 4, 1788, m. Feb. 14, 181 1, Elnathan Hammond, 
Bridgewater, N. S. 

(15) Moses, b. Oct. 29, 1792, d. Apr. 2, 1885. 

Abigail, b. Mar. 28, 1802, m. Dec. 14, 1826. Willard Mann. 

TO. AaronG (John^, John-^, John^, James^, Thomas^), b. Jan. 
13, 1761, m. Dec. 30, Martha Little of Dedham. Mr. Draper 
lived on the homestead on Springdale avenue. Children: 

Moses, b. July 24, 1815. res. W. Dedham. 

Aaron, b. June 17. 1818. 

Mary E., b. June 22, 1819, m. Apr. 25, Isaac Collier. 

Lucy, b. Apr., 1822. 

Lydia, b. July 15, 1824. 

11. Daniel« (John^, John^, John^, James^, Thomasi), b. Feb. 
20, 1763, m. May 14, 1793, Namur. dau. Joseph and Hannah 
Dean, b. May 24, 1774. d. Sept. i, 1833. Moved to West Ded- 
ham. Child : 

Sally, b. Dec, 1793, d- Aug. 11, 1795. 

12. Michael« (Joseph-"', Joseph-t, JohnS, James^, Thomasi), b. 
May 9, 1765, m. May i, 1794, Hannah, dau. Jabez and Hannah 
(Morse) Baker, b. Apr. 26, 1773, d. Jan. 6, 1822. He d. Apr. 
18, 1825. Mr. Draper occupied the farm on Farm street which 
was settled by his father in 1759. It should be no matter of 
surprise that these farmers were strong men; the church was 
never better supported, the social life never excelled, the town 
was never better governed, and considering their resource the 
appropriations were never greater for education, roads and pub- 
lic improvements. "The work of the farmer is a school of 


mental discipline. He must watch the elements, must under- 
stand the nature of the soil he tills, the character and habits of 
the plants he rears, the character and disposition of each animal 
that serves him as a living instrument. Each day makes large 
claims on him for knowledge and sound judgment He is to 
apply good sense to the soil. Now these demands tend to foster 
the habit of observation and judging justly, to increase thought 
and elevate the man." Children : 

(i6) Charles, b. Jan. 7, 1795, d. May 9, 1852. 

Hannah, b. Sept. 10, 1797, m. Apr. 3, 1823, Alexander Soule. 

Mary. b. Sept. 21, 1801, d. Feb. 28, 1839. 

Eliza, b. Feb. i. 1806, m. Feb. 3, 1828, Jabez Everett. 

13. Joseph^ (Joseph^ Joseph^, JohnS, James^, Thomas^), b. 
Oct. 15, 1773, m. Jan. i, 1801, Anna Field, b. June 8, 1775, d. 
Oct. t6, 1838. Moved to Warwick, where he died. Jan. 12, 
1855. He lived on the homestead on Farm street. Children : 

Anna. b. Sept. 28, 1801, m. Sylvanus Ward, Warwick. 

Harriet, b. May 6, 1803, d. Feb. 14, 1820. 

Ira, b. June 11, 1805, d. Aug. 24, 1882, Bellows Falls, Vt. 

Catherine F., b. Warwick, Feb. 8, 1814. m. Joseph Pierce, Warwick. 

14. Jesse« (Joseph^, Daniel-^, Daniel^, James^, Thomas^), b. 
Feb. 26, 1 77 1, m. Mar. 25, 1797, Lois, dau. James and Deborah 
(Ellis) Draper, b. Oct. 26, 1776. He lived on his wife's father's 
place on Farm street, owned by the late William Slavin. In 
1821 Mr. Draper sold his farm and moved to Southboro. He 
died July 31, 1833. Children: 

James, b. May 3. 1798, m. Lucy Dana. 

Caroline, b. Apr. 21. 1800. 

Jesse, b. Aug. 20, 1802. 

Joseph, b. 1804. m. Maria Houghton. 

William, b. May 8, 1806, m. Anna Morrison. 

Lucinda, b. July 13, 1808. m. Nathaniel Dunbar. 

Francis, twins, b. Jan. 28, 181 1, m. Sarah Simmons. 

Frances Ann, twins, b. Jan. 28, 181 1. 

Hannah Smith, b. Oct. 17, 1813, ^- William Plympton, Walpole. 

Daniel Adams, b. Sept. 23, 1818, res. Natick. 


15. Moses' (Josiah^, John^, John^, John^, James-, Thomas^), 
b. Oct. 29, 1792, m. Dec. 2, 1819, Maria, dau. Daniel and Betsey 
(Leonard) Wilbur of Medfield, b. 1798, d. Sept. 9, 1871, m. 
2ndly Mrs. Ann E. Hussey, dau. Hazen and Betsey A. Spencer, 
b. 1810, d. Feb. 15, 1887. He d. Apr. 2, 1885. Mr. Draper lived 
on the Leighton farm on Centre street, which was originally a 
part of his father's estate. Children : 

Elizabeth, b. June 7, 1821, m. Albert Mann. 

Leonard, b. Jan. 7, 1823, m. Caroline Chickering. 

Alfreda, b. Jan. 17, 1825, d. Apr. 11, 1825. 

Maria, b. Jan. g, 1827, d. Oct. 23, 1828. 

Anna Maria, b. Mar. 29, 1830, m. Nov. 30, 1848, Oliver E. Mann. 

Adeline b. June 5, 1834, m. ist, Simeon Macdonald of N. S. Chil- 
dren by 1st marriage Arthur L., b. Feb. 22, 1857; Flora J., b. Sept. 
3, 1861; George W., b. Oct. 10, 1869, d. June 22, 1879; m. 2ndly 
William Schofield of N. S. 

16. Charles" (Michael*^, Joseph**, Joseph^, John-^, James-, 
Thomas^), b. Jan. 7, 1795, m. 1821 Nancy, dau. William, Jr., and 
Sarah (Blackman) Everett, b. Jan. 1792, d. Dec. 17, 1876. She 
m. 2ndly, Clement Bartlett. He died May 9, 1852. Mr. Draper 
lived on the Woodward farm on Strawberry hill. Children : 

Nancy Everett, b. Mar. 19, 1822, d. Sept. 3, 1845. 
Harriet Everett, b. Jan. 24, 1825, d. Sept. 24, 1825. 
Sarah Everett, b. Feb. 8, 1831. 

17. Joseph' (Daniel*", John-^, John"*, John^, James-, Thomas^), 
b. Aug. 5, 1796, m. Nov. 19, 1818, Polly, dau. Phineas and Lucy 
Colburn, b. Apr. 14, 1792, d. 1866. He d. Jan. 19, 1838. Mr. 
Draper lived in Medfield for some years after his marriage, 
where he carried on the business of making and fulling cloth. 
He subsequently sold the business and moved to Dover, where 
three of his children w^ere born. Mr. Draper later took up his 
residence in West Dedham. His daughter, Lucy Ellis, m. Apr. 
20, 1853, Dr. Frank H. Kelley of Worcester. Dr. Kelley was 
for several terms ]\Iayor of Worcester and a practicing physician 


in that city for many years ; author of "Reminiscences of New 
Hampton, New Hampshire," his native town. Children: 

Ellis Dwight, b. Medfield, Aug., 1819, d. Norwood, Dec. 21, 1887. 
Mary, b. Medfield, Feb., 1821, m. S. R. Leland, Worcester. 
Joseph Loring, b. Medfield, 1823, ni. Hattie Bowne, Sandwich. 
Francis William, b. Medfield, Apr., 1825, d. West Dedham, 1845. 
Lucy Ellis, b. Dover, Sept. 3, 1828, m. Dr. F. H. Kelley, Worcester. 
Rufus Heminway, b. Dover, Feb. 3, 1830, m. May 4, 1871, Charlotte 

S. Lyman, Dubuque, la. 
George Dean, b. Dover, Jan. 2, 1832, d. May 7, 1866. 
Sarah Noyes, b. W. Dedham, I^Iar. 18, 1834. ni. June 5, 1856, Louis 

Ellis, Dedham. 


I. Theodore- Dmm (WilHami), j^ [^ Boston, Feb. 7, 1813, 
m. May 16, 1838, CaroHne M., dau. Samuel Howe and Eliza 
(Brazel) Babcock, b. Nov. 28, 1818, d. May 22, 1893. He d. 
Sept. 18, 1896. Air. Dunn's father was Dr. William Dunn, who 
was appointed a surgeon in the United States Navy in 1799. 
He founded a firm of apothecaries at 71 Cornhill, of which 
Melvin & Badger are the successors. Theodore Dunn entered 
Yale College, from which he was transferred to Trinity Col- 
lege. He left college one year before graduation on account of 
ill health. He made one or two voyages to India for his health 
before going into business. He was a member of the firm 
founded by his father. In 1841 he moved to Jamaica Plain and 
resided there with his family until 1858, when he moved to 
Dover. He was an alderman in Roxbury and a member for 
many years of the West Roxbur}^ school committee. He rep- 
resented Dover as well as Roxbury in the General Court. He 
was a member of the Dover school committee and superin- 
tendent of schools for several years. He always took an active 
part in town meetings and often led in debate. None of his chil- 
dren were born here but all have been identified in various ways 
with the town. Children : 

Adelaide M., b. Oct. 12, 1839, d. Sept. 13, 1840. 
Theodore L., b. Dec. 22, 1840, res. Portland, Maine. 









Caroline M., b. Mar. 29, 1842. m. June 26, 1867, Ansel K. Tisdale. 
Wilham G., b. Sept. 15, 1846, d. Jan. i, 1847. 
Sarah Elizabeth, b. Oct. 15. 1847. 

Helen M., b. May 9, 1850, m. Sept. 25, 1872, Theodore F. Tones. 
Charles N., b. Apr. 22, 1853, m. May 11, 1882, Eleanor N. Sturtevant, 
res. St. Paul, Minn. 
fGeorge R, b. Nov. 2, 1856, d. May 19, 1893. 

tThe following residents of Dover have attended the Mass. Inst, of Technology: 
George F. Dunn, Daniel Comiskey, Charles G. Paine. 

Lutheri Eastman, b. 1799, m. Jan. 18, 1830, Olivia, dau. 
Aaron and Mehitable (Smith) Whiting, b. 1789, d. Feb. 18, 
1851. He d. Aug. 6. 1847. Mr. Eastman came to Dover from 
Connecticut. Aaron Whiting built for his son-in-law the present 
house and barn on the farm occupied by the late Theodore Dunn 
on Springdale avenue. Mr. Eastman was interested in town 
affairs and was a member of the board of selectmen. He set out 
the row of beautiful shade trees on Springdale avenue east of 
his residence. Children: 

Adelaide O., b. July 26, 1831, d. Apr. 7, 1833. 
Mary Anna A., b. Nov. 3, 1833, d. June 21, 1858. 


I. Eleazei-s Ellis (Richard^, Samueli), b. Jan. 1663, m. May 
27, 1690, Mehitable, dau. John and Mary (Wood) Thurston of 
Medfield, b. 1667, d. Apr. 24, 1749. He d. Dec. 25, 1730-1. Mr. 
Ellis lived on Haven street, east of George E. Chickering's farm. 
The Dover Ellises are descended from Samuel Ellis, who, with 
his two sons, John and Richard, emigrated to America about 
1635. John Ellis settled in Medfield, while his brother Richard 
made his home in Dedham. When Richard Ellis died the m- 
ventory of his real estate contained land in "Springfield" and 
"Powisset." His son Eleazer settled here, probably at the time 
of his marriage in 1690. His house was located on Haven 
street, east of George E. Chickering's. He may have owned 
more than one house, as the inventory of his property speaks of 


"his buildings and housing." "Housing" was sometimes used 
as the pkiral of house. The ElHses were prominent in all pre- 
cinct and military affairs; in the organization of the First Parish 
Church, and in the Revolution. This family represented as 
fully as any other certain phases of colonial life, which may 
well be referred to here. In the early time each farm house 
was a factory, where the homespun clothing was manufactured 
for the family. Happily, once a year the itinerant tailoress 
entered to cut garments ; and the shoemaker to make a stock of 
cowhide boots and shoes from leather so thoroughly tanned 
that when it was greased with tallow, as was the universal cus- 
tom, it was impervious even to snow water. In this house fac- 
tory there was made, from grease, and the ashes leached at the 
door, a supply of both hard and soft soap for the family. In 
the fall a year's supply of candles were dipped from tallow. 
The "buttery" was a reality, and here in the sweet June days 
was salted down a winter's supply of butter. In the fall the 
milk was used in the manufacture of cheese, and long rows of 
cheeses were daily buttered and turned. In the early winter 
the pig killing, with the pickling of meats, the making of 
sausages, and the trying of lard, made this Puritan home a 
house of industry. On the garret floor were spread to dry the 
chestnuts, the butternuts, the hazel nuts, the shagbarks and hick- 
ory nuts, which had been gathered for the winter's supply. The 
bark of the butternut and sassafras was used for coloring 
woolen garments, as dyeing was a branch of this house factory. 
Hung upon the garret rafters were herbs for medicines, gath- 
ered while the herbs were in bloom ; tansy and sage for head- 
ache and fever, saffron for measles, thoroughwort for colds and 
coughs, together with roots and barks which were used for 
rheumatism and the purifying of the blood. In the fall this 
little home factory was employed in apple drying, and the mak- 
ing of pickles. The kitchen was adorned with strings of dried 
apple, crookneck squashes and seed corn. The year's supply of 
beans stored in the garret should not be overlooked, as they 


furnished no small part of the food supply of a New England 
family. In the chaise house was a supply of the purest and 
strongest cider vinegar, drawn from large casks, which in the 
spring received the remnants of the cider left in the many bar- 
rels which had been emptied by the family during the winter. 
The meal room was furnished with a large chest with apart- 
ments for rye, Indian and other meals, with facilities for sifting. 
The various rooms were spoken of as the "back room," "middle 
room," "front room," "bed room," "little room," "little cham- 
ber," "front chamber" and "front entry." The old colonial house 
abounded in cupboards, tall, spacious cupboards extending from 
floor to ceiling, low, deep cupboards for kettles and pans, cup- 
boards over the fireplace for medicines and other articles, cup- 
boards in the corner of the rooms were often called buitets. The 
demand for cupboards must have appealed to the imagination of 
man. Larger accommodations were often provided by adding to 
the house as the family increased a "bed room," "back kitchen" 
or front "stoop." In the "out door work," as it was called, flax 
was grown and sheep raised to meet the demands of the family ; 
the farmer was simply a grower and producer for the house. 
Fields were cleared and planted to meet the demands of the 
home, for wood, flax, vegetables and cereals. 

Rocks were dug and stone walls made while the farmer was 
waiting for other work. In the fall the farmer with his boys 
threshed the grain, dressed the flax, husked the corn, drew home 
the year's supply of fuel, and went to Boston to exchange the 
little surplus for a few needed articles for the family. He took 
his food with him and fodder for the horse. One of the older 
boys was usually taken along to give him a glimpse of life in 
the great city. In this severe toil we must not forget the boy 
who rode the plough horse, and the girl who bleached the linen 
in the broiling sun as it lay spread upon the grass and must be 
watered every hour. The aged grandmother sits in the corner 
and knits, while the farmer and his wife illustrate Yankee in- 
dustry and ingenuity. Thrift was synonymous with work, and 


they looked about to find no better way for getting a living. 
They made the little money which they possessed by bargains 
sharply turned. 

A great transition came in the life of the farmer in the distri- 
bution and exchange of commerce and the introduction of fac- 
tory made clothes. The commerce abroad demanded ships for 
carrying purposes, and this created a demand for the native 
growth of timber for ship building. With the introduction of 
factory made clothes the bang of the spinning wheel was 
silenced in the house forever. The demand for ship timber 
and the exchange of produce created a demand for sugar, mo- 
lasses and other articles, so the use of dry and West India goods 
sprung up. Butchers commenced to slaughter and to make regu- 
lar rounds with dressed beef and mutton. All of these condi- 
tions added to the comfort and the pleasure of the home. While 
we have lost the old neighborly sympathies of life we have 
gained great possibilities of culture and adornment. The early 
settlers were accustomed to drink, and the price of beer was 
regulated by law. It was brewed from barley malt. In time 
beer gave way to cider. It was some time before apple orchards 
flourished in New England, as much of the territory is farther 
north than the natural latitude of the apple. In 1728 a barrel 
of cider was worth $1.20, and cost less than a barrel of corn. 
Old cider had strong intoxicating properties, but in time gave 
way to rum, which became the favorite beverage and was con- 
sumed in large quantities as the drinking of beer and cider had 
created an appetite for it. New England rum gradually gave 
place to Jamaica rum, in the introduction of West India goods. 
In the evolution of strong drinks whiskey has largely displaced 
rum. Gin and brandy were sold by the gallon, bottle and glass. 
In country stores, and among the people generally, credit was 
universally given and rarely abused, as all were intimately 
acquainted with one another. Children : 

(2) Josiah, b. Sept. 13, 1691. 

(3) Eleazer, b. Sept. 23. 1692. 



Mehitable, b. May 13, 1695, m. Dec. 4, 1716, Henry Dewing, 

David, b. Aug. 24, 1696, d. Sept. 9. 1696. 
David, b. Jan. 10, 1697-8, d. Feb. 8, 1697-8. 

(4) Benjamin, b. Nov. 14, 1699. 

(5) Caleb, b. Dec. 31, 1703. 

(6) Joshua, b. Dec. 31, 1703. 

2. Josiah^ (Eleazer^, Richard-, Samuel^), b. Sept. 13, 1691, 

m. Dorcas . He d. June i, 1751. Mr. Ellis settled in 

1728 on the George D. Hall farm on Walpole street. Children: 

Priscilla, b. May 25, 1729. 

Elizabeth, b. Aug. 22, 1732, m. Joseph Blake, Keene, N. H. 

Kezia, b. July 20, 1737. 

Josiah, b. Mar. 3, 1739-40. 

Mary, b. Mar. 29, 1742, m. Abijah Metcalf, Keene. 

Estha, b. , went, to Keene. 

Dorcas, b. , m. 1752, Jesse Clarke, Keene. 

3. Eleazer^, Jr. (Eleazer^^ Richard-, Samuel^), b. Sept. 23, 
1692, m. Jan. 5, 1718, Mary Crosby of Billerica. He died in 
1745, and is buried in Dover. His farm was the Caryl place on 
Dedham street. Children : 

Mary, b. Apr. 18, 1719. 
Mehitable, b. Sept. 14, 1720. 

(7) Timothy, b. Sept. 14, 1724. 
Hannah, b. Mar. 10, 1726-7. 
Eleazer, b. Mar. 9, 1729-30. 
Rachel, b. July 19, 1733. 
Eleazer, b. Aug. 31, 1735. 

William, b. Apr. 23, 1738, m. Feb. 18, 1763. Mehitable, daughter 
of Joshua and Elizabeth (Fisher) Ellis. He settled in Keene, 
N. H. 

4. Benjamin'* (Eleazer^, Richard-, Samuel^), b. Nov. 14, 
1699, m. Jan. 28, 1728, Eleanor, dau. Robert and Submit Cook 
of Needham, b. Feb. 2, 1707-8. He died Mar. 31, 1750. Mr. Ellis 
owned the Coughlan farm on Walpole street, where he settled 
in 1728-9. Children: 

Eleanor, b. Jan. 4, 1729-30, m. Apr. 4, 1751. Noah Weld, Roxbury. 
Benjamin, b. June 20, 1731, d. Apr. 28, 1750. 
Robert, b. Feb. 7, 1732-3. 


5. Caleb-^ (Eleazer^, Richard"-, SamueP), b. Dec. 31, 1703. 
m. May 20, 1736, Hannah, dan. Henry and Hannah Pratt of 
Needham, b. Mar. 16, 1714- She m. 2ndly Jabez Wood. He d. 
1740. Caleb ElHs inherited, with his brother Joshua, the home- 
stead and hved in the house of his father on Haven street. Chil- 

Hannah, b. Feb. i, 1736-7, m. Apr. 11. 1754- William Whiting. 

Julietta, b. Apr. 2, 1739- m. May 21, 1766, Enoch Ellis, Walpole. 

Benjamin, b. May 17, i75i- 

Joshua, b. Jan. 22, I753- 

Elizabeth, b. May 22, i755- 

Julietta, b. May 23, 1757- 

Eleazer, b. Oct. 11, 1760. 

6. Joshua^ (Eleazer-, Richard-, Samueli), b. Dec. 31, 1703, 
m. EHzabeth Fisher, d. Jan. 17, 1785. He d. 1783. Joshua EUis 
was a deacon in the Needham Church and was also promment 
in the organization of the Dover First Parish Church. The site 
selected for the first meeting house was a part of the Ellis es- 
tate and was probably donated by Dea. Ellis, as he gave the land 
adjoining on the north for a schoolhouse. He was moderator of 
the first Parish Meeting held Jan. 4, 1749, he was also elected the 
first Parish Clerk. In the selection of Mr. Joseph Manning, in 
1758, and Mr. Benjamin Caryl in 1762, to settle over the parish 
as their minister, he was a member of the committee chosen to 
acquaint them of the fact. We can think of Mr. Ellis as pre- 
senting a striking and venerable appearance with his queue, 
knee buckles and shining silver shoe buckles. He exerted for 
many years a strong and moulding influence on the affairs of the 
Parish. Children : 

Ebenezer, b. Oct. 5, I733, d. May 10. I743- 

EHzabeth, b. Feb. 27, 1734-5. d. Feb. 25. 1735-6. 

Betty, b. May 30, 1736, m. Timothy Richardson, FrankUn. 

Abigail, b. Apr. 19, 1738, m. Zenas Morey, Charlton. 

Meletiah, b. Aug. 25, i739, d. 1782. 

Mehitable, b. Jan. 8, 1741-2, m. William Ellis. 

Caleb, b. Nov. 26. 1742, d. Feb. 21, 1742-3- 

Rebecca, b. July 30. 1744, d. Oct. 21, i745- 

Joshua, b , d. Apr. 20, I74S- 


Mercy, b. July 5, 1749. 
Mary, b. Aug. 12, 1750. 
Rebecca, b. . 

7. Timothy''' (Eleazer^, Eleazer^, Richard-, Samuel^), b. 
Sept. 14, 1724, m. Elizabeth. He lived on his father's farm on 
Dedham street, and about 1763 moved to Keene, N. H., where 
he was one of the most prominent men of the town. Children : 

Timothy, b. Jan. 5. 1746-7. 
Caleb, b. Mar. 2, 1748-9. 


Arthur^ Brewster Emmons, M. D. (George^, Nathaniel', 
SamueF', Samuel'"^, Nathaniel^, NathanieF, Samuel-, Thomas^), 
son of George Beale and Mareta (Davis) Emmons, was born in 
St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 9, 1875. He is descended from Thomas 
Emmons, who was in Newport, R. L, in 1638 but removed to 
Boston where he was admitted a freeman in 1652. All of Dr. 
Emmons' paternal ancestors have lived in Boston. He was edu- 
cated in St. Louis, St. Paul's School, Concord, and was grad- 
uated from Harvard in 1898, Harvard Medical School in 1902. 
After four years in hospitals he spent a year in study abroad 
and one year in Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore. He mar- 
ried Sept. 15, 1909, Louise A., dau. of William and Louise (An- 
derson) Hickok at the old Anderson house, Bradford, Pa. In 
1909 Dr. Emmons settled in Boston, specializing in obstetrics. 
A love of the country induced Dr. and Mrs. Emmons to move 
to Dover in 1912. Their home, 'Tvnowlwood," was built in 
1914. Children: 

Arthur Brewster. 3rd., b. Aug. 30, 1910. 
Orville Hickok, b. Feb. 5, 1913. 


I. Jabez"^ Everett (William^, William^, William*, William^ 
John2, Richard!), b. Mar. 27, 1799, at South Dedham, now 


Norwood, m. Feb. 3, 1828, Eliza Draper, dau. of Michael and 
Hannah (Baker) Draper, b. Feb, 6, 1806, d. Mar. 6, 1831, He 
d. June 28, 1 83 1. Mr. Everett was descended from Richard 
Everett, whose name first appears as a witness in the signing of 
the deed conveying the lands in and about Springfield from the 
Indians to William Pynchon, Henry Smith and Jehu Burr, July 
15, 1636. He was for several years in the employ of Pynchon 
and was called his "trader." No definite information has been 
obtained of his arrival in New England, or from what part of 
England he came. It has been claimed without stating the au- 
thority that he and his wife Mary came in the same ship with 
John D wight who came here from Dedham, England, in 1644-5, 
and for whom it is believed the town of Dedham was named. 
Previous to his second marriage, in 1643, to Mary Winch, he di- 
vided his time between Dedham and Springfield, but after their 
marriage he lived in Dedham. He attended the first recorded 
meeting of the proprietors of Dedham in August, 1636. He was 
made a freeman in 1646 and from this time on he served as a 
town officer and was on many town committees frequently being 
called to lay out lots. 

Jabez Everett was a farmer and lived with his father-in-law, 
Michael Draper, on Farm street. Child : 

(2) George Draper, b. June 24, 1829. 

2. George'^ D. (Jabez''', Willian/', William^, William*, Wil- 
liam^, John^, Richard^) b. June 24, 1829, m. June 23, 1861, Mar- 
tha A., dau. Micajah S. and Betsey (Haskell) Plummer, b. Aug. 
17, 1838, in Nevv' Gloucester. Maine. He d. Mar. 4, 1904. Mr. 
Everett held important town offices, including the board of 
selectmen and town treasurer. He had for many years a hay, 
flour, grain and grocery business at his residence on Farm street. 
Mrs. Martha Plummer Everett was for ten years Superintendent 
of Dover Schools. Mrs. Everett has been much interested in 
public affairs, especially in women's rights, of which she has 
been a strong advocate. Sarah Eliza graduated from the Nor- 


Noanet Brook, near which Noanet had his zvigzvam 


mal Art School, Boston, in 1883. Martha Elizabeth graduated 
at Smith College in 1888. Children : 

Sarah E.. b. May 13, 1862, m. Jan. i, 1883, John M. Humphry. 
Martha E., b. Nov. 16, 1863, m. June 26, 1888, Rev. Charles E. St. 

Edward P., b. Sept. 2, 1865, d. July 2, 1869. 
Charles C, b. Sept. 11, 1871, res. San Francisco, Cal. 
George O., b. Mar. 6, 1874, d. Dec. 15, i8gi. 


Benjamin-^ Partington (Jesse-, Benjamin^), b. July 27, 1827, 
m. Nov. 27, 1850, M. Louise, dau. Edward Blake and Julia F. 
(Crane) Emmons, b. June 17, 1830, d. Feb. 20, 1892. He died 
August, 1900. Mr. Farrington bought the original John Bat- 
telle farm on Main street in 1867, moving here from West 
Roxbury. He had a milk business in connection with his 
farm. Children : 

Eva L., b. Dec. 18, 1852, m. 1883, Wm. A. MacDonald. 

Frederick E., b. Feb. 18, 1855, m. May 21, 1881, Lucy G. Berry. 

Mary L., b. Aug., 1858, m. 1876, P. A. Batchelder. 

Sarah R., b. Aug., i860, m. 1879, Wm. A. Reed. 

Julia B., b. Feb. 11, 1864, res. Nantucket. 

Charles E., b. August, 1870, m. June, 1892, Harriet A. Brown. 

Note— Ichabod Farrington and Samuel Farrington were residents of the Parish 
at the time of the Revolutionary War. 

Note — Several members of the Fairbanks family were residents of the Spring- 
field Parish at different times, but none continued to live here. Aaron and Benja- 
min, both descended from Jonathan Fairbanks, who came from England to Boston 
in 1 63 1, and settled in Dedham in 1636, lived here. Aaron was a member of the 
Springfield Parish Company of Minute Men under Capt. Ebenezer Battle, which 
marched at the Lexington Alarm. He settled in 1779 in Stoddard, N. H. Benja- 
min, who was in the Springfield Parish in 1781, was probably a son of Benjamin of 
the Dedham 3d Parish. 


John- Henry Faulk (Frank^), was born Jan. 7, 1864, being a 
son of Frank and Sarah Elizabeth (Kirk) Faulk, m. Feb. 14, 
1891, Clarabel, dau. Martin Van Buren and Ruth (Terry) 
Ruland, b. Nov. 20, 1867. Mr. Faulk is of Dutch descent, his 
ancestors having settled in the Mohawk valley. New York, be- 
fore the Revolution in which they took a prominent part; his 


paternal grandfather was shot at Fort Herkimer by an Indian 
with a poisoned arrow. Mr. Faulk's great great grandfather, 
Col. Small, was killed at the Battle of Oriskany and buried at 
Fort Herkimer. Mr. Faulk came to Dover to engage in poul- 
try farming; he is town clerk, a position which he has held 
since 1909. Children: 

Dorothy, b. Sept. 11, 1893, m. Nov. 15, 1916, Henry Clinton Woodard, 

res. Allston. 
Terry Ruland, b. July 26, 1901. 


Perez"^ L. Fearing (Israel^', Shubal^, James*, John^, Israel^, 
John"^), son of Israel and Elizabeth (Gushing) Fearing was b. in 
Hingham. June 26, 181 1, m. Oct. 27, 1833, Margaret J., dau. 
Robert and Elizabeth (Hersey) Corthell, b. Jan. 18, 1807, ^■ 
Aug. II, 1875. Mr. Fearing was descended from John Fearing, 
who was in Hingham as early as 1635. He is said to have 
come from "Cambridge in Old England." He was a man of 
prominence and held many positions, in the town, of trust and 
responsibility. He was for many years a deacon in the Hing- 
ham Church. Perez L. Fearing, who was a cooper by trade, 
moved to Dover in 1852. At first he worked at farming in the 
summer and followed his trade in making buckets and repair- 
ing wooden ware in the winter; later he devoted all his time to 
his trade. After a few years, however, he went into the wood 
business and sold his prepared wood in the Boston market. 
After a time he returned to Hingham. His son, Perez F., en- 
listed in the Civil War from this town and died in the service. 
Children : 

Lydia A., b. Aug. 24. 1835. 

George W., b. Aug. 16, 1837. 

Margaret J., b. Mar. 9. 1839, rn- Andrew W. Bartlett. 

Ellen E., b. Jan. 18, 1840. 

Perez F., b. Aug. 19, 1842. 

Martha W.. b. Feb.. 1844, d. Sept. 18. 1846. 

Washington I., b. May 28, 1846. 

Martha L., b. Jan., 1848, m. John Howe, West Springfield. 

Edwin W., b. May 9. 1851. 



I. Josiah^ Fisher (John*, Joshua^, Joshua-, Anthony^) b. in 
Medfield, Dec. 9, 1692, m. Dec. 4, 1716, Hannah, dau. Ehsha and 
Hannah (Metcalf) Bullen, b. June 28, 1697, d. Nov. 16, 1765. 
He d. Apr. 2'i^, 1781. This family is descended from Anthony 
Fisher who lived in Suffolk County, England, on the south bank 
of the Waveney River in the Parish of Syleham on a freehold 
estate called "Wignotte." He m. Mary Fiske who belonged to 
an old Puritan family of England, which suffered much during 
the religious persecutions of Queen Mary's reign. Two of their 
children, Anthony and Joshua, came to New England with their 
families. Anthony arrived here in 1637 and Joshua in 1640. 
They settled in Dedham. Joshua was a blacksmith and went to 
Medfield in the settlement of that town in 1650. Anthony re- 
mained in Dedham, where he d. in 1669. Both brothers had 
descendants who lived in Dover and were prominent in the af- 
fairs of the town and parish. Four members of the family repre- 
sented the parish in the Revolution. Josiah Fisher owned the farm 
on Bridge street, near the corner of Farm street. Here was 
represented the colonial life of past generations. The horseblock 
stood under a large spreading elm in front of the house and was 
a conspicuous object until removed a few years since. Although 
unnamed on early maps of the town, the brook which runs 
through this farm and enters Charles River^ was called in a 
transfer of real estate in 1772 Fisher's brook. This name should 
be permanently affixed to this stream. Mr. Fisher was a good 
farmer and owned a fine farm, but did not mingle much with 
the people of the parish, as he naturally went to Medfield, the 
place of his birth, for trade and post-office facilities. His grand- 
son, Fisher Allen, inherited the estate. Children : 

Hannah, b. June 4, 1717, m. Dec. 4, 1740, Seth Dwight. 
Miriam, b. Oct. 26, 1720, m. Noah Allen, d. June 23, 1757. 
Josiah, b. Oct. 20, 1725, d. Nov. 6, 1725. 
Jonathan, b. Oct. 8, 1729, d. Oct. 19, 1729. 
Abigail, b. Aug. 7, 1733, d. Aug. 15, 1733. 


2. Samuels (John^, John^, Daniel^, Anthony^, Anthonyi) b. at 
Needham, Aug. 5, 1711, m. Mar. 29, 1744, Sarah Whiting, d. 
Aug. 28, 1748. He m. 2ndly Aug. 14, i75h Mary, dau. Samuel 
and Mary (Harding) Chickering, b. Apr. 13, 1724, d. 1779-80. 
He d. Nov. 16, 1757. Mr. Fisher remained on the Powissei 
farm, with his father-in-law, Samuel Chickering, which was later 
inherited by his wife. Children : 

Sarah, b. Oct. i, I745, d. Aug. 24. 1748. 
Hannah, b. i747, d. Aug. 20, 1748. 
Mary, b. Nov. 25, I752. 

Sarah, b. Dec. 20, 1754- m. Jan. 4, I774, Henry Tisdale. 
(3) Samuel, b. Jan. 11, I757- 

3. SamueF (Samuel^, John^, John^, Daniel^, Anthony2, An- 
thonyi) b. Jan. 11, i757, m. 1782, Abigail, dau. Asa and Besiah 
(Fisher) Mason of Medfield, b. 1759, d. Sept. 6, 1843- He died 
Apr. 14, 1822. Mr. Fisher was a captain in the militia. He 
purchased the Ebenezer Newell farm at Dover centre, now 
owned by Eben Higgins, and moved from Powisset. He was a 
prominent citizen and a large land holder. At one time he owned 
a tract of land which included all of Powisset and numbered 
nearly five hundred acres, all of which he tried to enclose with 
a stone wall. At one time Mr. Fisher refused $30,000 for the 
lumber on his estate. He considered the land so valuable that 
his opposition to the Hartford turnpike caused it to be built 
much further south than was the original plan. Capt. Fisher 
erected a saw mill on Powisset farm which was of much utility 
to himself, and a great convenience to his neighbors, and the 
farmers of the surrounding territory. Mr. Fisher was public 
spirited and a leader in town affairs. He sent two sons to Har- 
vard. George Fisher was a very brilliant debator and held the 
people spellbound by his eloquence in town meeting. He was 
admitted to the bar and practiced law in Boston and Detroit. 
Capt. Fisher was very hospitable and always held out a standing 
invitation to all who remained for the afternoon service of the 
First Parish Church to come to his hquse during the noon hour, 


and eat bread and cheese. He was truly one of the fathers of 
the town and was looked up to by young and old. The early 
settlers had to endure not only hardships and privations in mak- 
ing new homes in the wilderness but to guard against foes as 
well. They were all exposed to attacks from the Indians. The 
General Court of Massachusetts early provided for the proper 
protection of the people by requiring every town to provide a 
safe and convenient place to store powder and ammunition. At 
first the meeting house in Dedham was used for this purpose, 
later the town provided a "Powder House." We are all inter- 
ested in the Dedham Powder House, which was erected in 1766 
and is still standing. As the property of the Springfield Parish 
aggregated nearly one-fojurth of the assessed property of the 
town, which was taxed to build the powder house, we have a 
lively interest in it. The report of a Dedham committee says : 
So thoroughly is the Powder House identified with the social 
life of the community, that it has come to be regarded as almost 
a sacred spot, dear not only to the present dwellers in the village, 
but to sons and daughters of Dedham, now scattered through 
the length and breadth of the land. Dover had her powder house, 
too, which was built in 1800 and stood on a rock fifteen feet 
square on Walpole street. This rock was presented to the town 
by Capt. Samuel Fisher. Children : 

Samuel, b. Dec. 12, 1783, graduated from Harvard in 1810, ad- 
mitted to Suffolk Bar, 1813, d. May 8, 1826. 
Abigail, b. Feb. 24, 1785, m. June 3, 1807, Timothy Allen, Jr. 

(4) George, b. July i, 1786, m. 1810, Hannah Smith Walpole. 
Isaac, b. Feb. 19, 1788, d. Apr. 10, 1791. 

(5) Charles, b. Oct. 25, 1789. 

Lucy, b. Oct. 19, 1791, d. Sept. 27, 1793. 

Mason, b. Aug. 29, 1793. graduated from Harvard in 1813, d. 

June 24, 1816. 
Sally, b. June 5, 1795, d. July 18, 1795. 

(6) Nathan M., b. Mar. 12, 1799, m. Elizabeth Champney. 

4. George^ (Samuel", Samuel^, John^, John^, DanieF, An- 
thony2, Anthonyi) b. July i, 1786, m. Jan. i, 181 1, Hannah, dau. 
Isaac and Mary (Richards) Smith of Walpole, b. Feb. 18, 1790. 


He d in New Orleans Sept. 25, 1831. Mr. Fisher was a con- 
tractor and built a section of the Erie Canal near Rochester, New 
York, also built a part of the Boston mill dam. Children : 

Isaac Newton, b. Oct. 2, 1812, m. Susan Bruce, res. West Seneca, 
Ge^rg^' Washington, b. June 29, 1814, m. Mary J. Acer of Pitsford, 

Mason Adams, b. Aug. 7, 1816. d. in ^847. Rochester, NY. 
Hannah Ann. b. Lyons, N. Y.. Sept. 26, 1821, m. Alfred Elhs ot 
Walpole. She died Mar. 8, 1888. 

5 CharlesS (Samuel', Samuel^, John^, John^ Daniel^ An- 
thony"-^, Anthonyi), b. Oct. 25, 1789, m. 1812, Ruby Wilson, dau. 
Joseph Wilson of Ashford, Conn. He died July 19, 1821. She 
m 2ndly Sept. 21, 1823 Seth Chapin of Dedham, m. 3dly Jere- 
miah Jones, and d. in Medfield, Sept. 13, 1881. He had land from 
his father's farm at Powisset on which he built a house east ot 
the homestead, the cellar of which can still be seen. His son 
Nathan was a prominent temperance reformer and an anti- 
slavery agitator. He moved to the far west. Children: 

N-ith-^n M b Feb 23, i8n, m. Elizabeth C. Boyden, Wajpole. _ 
Sards w/b." Apr. 2^, 1817: m. Mary N. Blake, went to Cahforma 

in the earlv fifties. 
Charles, b. Dec. 25, 1819, d. 1901. 
Samuel, b. Sept. 26. 1821. , r^ ,1 ,, 

Sally, b. , m. Mr. Boyden of South Dedham. 

6 Nathans ^I. (Samuel', Samuel^, Johir", John^, Daniel^, An- 
thony^, Anthonyi) b. Mar. 12, i799, m- Feb. 21, 1821, Elizabem 
Gray dau. William and Elizabeth (Ingersoll) Champney. He 
died May 15, 1834. He was a trader, and lived on the Powisset 

The people of this generation, with adequate household serv- 
ants hard floors and vacuum cleaners, do not know the ordeal 
of house-cleaning of our forefathers, when on the Monday fol- 
lowing Easter the work began. While most housekeepers dio. 
their own cleaning with soap and water, step-ladder, scrubbing 
brush and tack hammer, yet there were usually in all neighbor- 


hoods strong-armed women who went out to "clean by the day." 
When the house-cleaning begins, as a recent writer has said, 
"all the books are taken off the shelves and stacked in an upper 
chamber; the cabinets, tables, chairs, divans and pictures are 
stacked in the middle of the room, as if this were a blockhouse 
when the Hurons had hit the warpath. Meals are eaten off the 
mantlepiece. At night beds are shared with bags of winter cloth- 
ing done up for summer storage and smelling vilely of camphor. 
For once, the children are glad to go to school and not sorry 
if they have to 'stay after.' There is only one job more heart- 
breaking (and back-breaking) than the taking up of a carpet, 
and that is putting one down. To have spent five minute stretch- 
ing a breadth and then, with eyes popping, cheeks puffed and 
mouth too full for utterance, to see the hammer just 11 inches 
out of arm's reach, is no plight for an irritable man. These are 
the tragedies of house-cleaning." Children : 

Elizabeth J., b. Sept. 10, 1823, m. Charles C. Henshaw, Boston. 
James Otis, b. June 30, 1825, m. Melissa Sherman, res. Rochester. 

N. Y. 
Abigail M., b. Oct. 16, 1827, m. Henry W. Clarke. Boston. 

Joseph^ (Joseph^, Josiah"^, Josiah^, Josiah^, Anthony-, An- 
thonyi) b. in Dedham May 17, 1739, m. Mar. 8, 1764, Mary, dau. 
Edward and Mary (Allen) Everett, b. Dec. 10, 1739. He died 
Dec. 2, 1790. She died in Concord, Oct. 21, 1822. Children: 

tjesse, b. Feb. 2, 1765, res. Fitzwilliams, N. H. 
Joseph, b. May 24, 1767, d. Dec. 26, 1790. 
Chloe, b. Mar. 10. 1771, m. Sept. 3. 1789, Joseph Richards. 
Edward, b. in Natick, Feb. 18. 1781. res. Newton. 

7. John'^ (John*^ John^, John*, DanieP, Anthony^, Anthony^) 
b. Nov. 4, 1744, at Needham, m. Dec. 17, 1767, Mary, dau. Sam- 

fFrom a pamphlet entitled Reunion of the Fisher Family held at Grinnell, Iowa, 
Aug. 28, 1878, we quote the following: "About the year 1798 our grandfather, 
Jesse Fisher, moved up from Massachusetts or .Southern New Hampshire into the 
woods of Vermont and settled in what is now the town of Baltimore. He was a 
man of tremendous energy, but of little culture, and was principally engaged in 
hewing down forests and in making his farm a fit abode for civilized man." — Fisher 


uel and Sybil Metcalf. He died May 24, 1778, without issue. 
His farm was on Centre street near Fisher bridge. 

8. Jesse6 (Jeremiah^, John^ DanieP, Anthony2, Anthonyi), 
b in Needham, Jan. 17, 1741-2, m. Oct. 31, I775, Lois 
dau Samuel and Sybil Metcalf. He m. 2ndly Sept. 
19 1792, Jerusha, dau. Joshua and Esther (Lheney) 
Armsby of Medfield. He died June 30, 1816. Moved to Brewer, 
Maine. He lived on the farm near the "new mill" where Fred- 
erick Barden was born but which has long since been abandoned. 
Some beautiful elm trees planted by Mr. Fisher still grow near 
the ruins of the celler of the old homestead. Children: 

Polly b Feb. 22, 1776. m. Mar. 28. 1805. Asa Howard, Needham. 

Patty, b. Aug. I, 1777, m. 1818, Samuel Cobb. ^,.^, 

Sally, b. June 29, I779, m. June 3. 1804, Amasa Howe, Dedham. 

Jesse, b. Jan. 6, 1784. 

Ebenezer, d. Dec. 3, 1794, aged 10. 

Prudence, b. May 14. 178-, d. smgle. 

9 Joseph^ (Jeremiahs, john^ Daniel^, Anthony^, Anthonyi) 
b. in Needham Aug. 5, I735, m- Dec. 5, 1765, Elizabeth, dau. 
John and Elizabeth (Woodcock) Farrington, b. Mar. 25, i745, 
d Dec. 4, 1824. He died Apr. 23, 1827, at Neediiam. Bought 
the Jesse Fisher farm off of Dedham street, where he lived for 
a time. Children : 

Joseph, b. July 22, 1766, settled in Vermont 

Paul b Jan 2, 1768. m. Priscilla Mason, Medfield. 

Caleb, b. April 9. I770, m. Mary Plimpton. 

Moses b. Feb. 16, 1772. m. May 10, 1798, Patty Allen. 

Silas, b. April 4, i774, d. Jan. 19, i776. 

Silas, b. July 20, 1776. m. Jane Kelsey, res. Vermont. 

Bette, b. Mar. 17, 1778. 

Hannah, b. July i, 1781. 

Benjamin, b. Dec. 9, 1783- 

Cynthia, b. Nov. 30. 17S6. 

Prudence, b. Mar. 20, 1789, d. Mar. 20, 1811. 

10. WilliamG (Jeremiah^, John^, Daniel^, Anthony2 An- 
thonyi) ,vas born in Needham Feb. 20, 1739-40, m. Jan. 23, 1772, 
Mehitable, dau. Samuel and Sybil Metcalf. He served at the 
Lexington alarm, also at Dorchester Heights. In I773 l^e bought 


ninety-six acres of land near what is known as the New Mill 
and cleared a farm. He sold his farm in 1787, since which time 
he has not been traced. Children : 

Mehitable, b. 25, 1773. 

William, b. Aug. 6, 1775. 
William, b. Feb. 11, 1777. 
Jeremiah, b. Apr. 2, 1779. 


Nathanielis Fiske (Davidi2, JohnU, Johnio, Nathaniel^ Na- 
than^, Nathaniel, William^, Robert'', Simon^, Simon^, William-, 
Symondi) b. Mar. 9, 1767, m. May 9, 1798, Abigail, dau. of 
Fisher and Rachel (Smith) Allen, b. Oct. 12, 1774, d. Mar. 12, 
1862. He d. Feb. 25, 1832. The Fiskes trace their English de- 
scent to Symond Fisk, Lord of the Manor of Stradhaugh, who 
lived in the reign of Henry IV and Henry VI, 1399-1422. Na- 
thaniel Fiske was born in Holliston, but settled in Dover at the 
time of his marriage. He was a successful farmer and owned 
the Charles F. Lyman farm on Farm street. Mrs. Fiske sur- 
vived her husband many years, and recalled and used to relate 
the experiences of the people during the almost total eclipse of 
the sun in 18 16, when the fowls went to roost at midday and 
many thought the end of the world had come. The great blow 
in 1815. which laid low the forests, was also recalled by Mrs. 
Fiske, as well as the cold summer which had a frost every month 
in the year. The cornfields did not yield their increase and fam- 
ilies sat by the fire during summer evenings. Noah Fiske, when 
a lad, entered a grocery store in Boston and learned the art of 
"wetting the codfish and putting sand in the sugar." When he 
entered the employ of the Boston grocer he had never seen any 
coffee, his family having used a substitute. He was probably 
early initiated into the custom of retailing rum and w^hiskey, 
which was sold by the gill, pint and quart in all grocery stores. 
In after years he kept a country store in Medfield and one in the 
west part of Dover, and continued the universal custom of sell- 


ing New England rum. Noah Fiske taught the district school 
near his home, mended the quills and built the school-house fire. 
He was for many years town clerk and an honored and respected 
citizen. He proclaimed aloud, as required by law, the banns in 
the First Parish Church. Just before the service began he arose 
and announced, "There is a marriage intended between Mr. John 
A. Blank of Dover and Miss Anna Blank of Medfield." Such 
notices had to be repeated three Sundays in succession. 

Noah Fiske married Anna, dau. of Dr. Elias and Kezia 
(Harding) Mann of Medfield. Mrs. Fiske was passionately 
fond of children, although none blessed her home, she was 
"aunty" to the whole neighborhood. It was her delight to sup- 
ply the school children with fennel and flowers. Aunty Fiske 
was the last one of the old ladies of the town to practice what 
was once a universal habit, the taking of snufif. On an occasion 
of surprise or excitement, she would involuntarily draw the snuff 
box from her pocket and take a pinch of snuff. Some fine sam- 
ples of snuff boxes are still found in Dover homes. 

The West School was supplied with water from the Fiske 
well for more than a half century. Usually two boys, wdio were 
on good terms with one another, would manage to get permis- 
sion from the teacher to go for a pail of water in school time. 
When the boys returned some Isright little boy or girl would ask 
permission to pass the water, and in this way the thirst of the 
children was satisfied. Often the luckless youth would stumble 
over the protruding foot of some big boy and in consequence 
lose his recess. At the time of Mr. Fiske's death in 1877, the 
old homestead contained a large number and great variety of 
implements used in the domestic arts of the colonial period. Had 
they been preserved they would have made a fine collection for 
the rooms of the Dover Historical Society. Recognizing different 
phases of local history, for the purpose of correlation in teach- 
ing history in our schools, we would here record that: "In every 
war in which the United States has engaged, save that with 
Spain, an element of the population has been in oi^position. The 


Revolution produced the Tories; the war of 1812 its 'bluelight 
FederaHsts' ; the Mexican War its 'bloody-handed whigs,' and the 
Civil War its 'Copperheads.' All of these factions have existed 
in this town. Children : 

Noah, b. Aug. 2(i. 1799, m. 1829, Anna Mann of Medfield, b. Dec. 11, 

1801, d. May 31, 1881. He d. Sept. 13, 1877. 
Sally, b. Nov. 23, 1800, d. June 16, 1866. 
Josiali F., b. Feb. 6, 1802, d. Mar. 31, 1829. 
Nathaniel, b. Dec. 23, 1803, d. Apr. 30, 1857. Killed by falling from 

the pole of an oxcart. 


David"^ Fuller, (David^, Thomas-, Thomas^) b. Dec. 6, 1731, 
m. Mar. ^'j, 1755, Elizabeth, dau. Thomas and Grace (Wads- 
worth) Dean, b. Dec. 25, 1732, d. Dec. 26, 181 7. He d. Apr. 28, 
1805. David Fuller was the first of the name to settle in Dover; 
he was descended from Thomas Fuller, who is first mentioned 
in the Dedham records in 1642. Thomas Fuller was a prominent 
man and served the town in many ways. He was a selectman 
for fourteen years, and represented the town in the General 
Court for three terms. He was interested in education, and in 
1672 contributed £5 to Harvard College. He took charge of 
the town's ammunition, and served on various committees. 
David Fuller was born in Needham, but settled on Strawberry 
hill the year of his marriage, 1755. A part of his farm had been 
in the family for many years previous, having been bequeathed 
to the children of Ensign Thomas Fuller, the emigrant, by Mar- 
garet Kingsbury, an aunt of his wife, Hannah Flower, of whom 
little is known. This land remained in the family until purchased 
in 1824 by Arnold Wight. Mr. F'uller built the house a year 
previous to his marriage, which is still standing, with its large 
open fireplaces around which the family so long gathered. He 
was commissioned a lieutenant in the militia. He was at the 
Lexington Alarm and served the parish on important committees 
during the Revolution. His son Daniel, although a lad of only 
15 years, is said to have been a drummer boy in Capt. Daniel 


Whiting's company in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He later served 
in the army, and was a revolutionary pensioner. He was present 
at the execution of Major Andre. Soon after his marriage in 
1786, he moved to Francestown, New Hampshire. He discov- 
ered on his farm a fine soapstone quarry which is said to have 
produced the finest soapstone in the world. Prof. Jackson, the 
distinguished geologist, said : "The Francestown stone, for color, 
beauty and evenness, surpasses all other soapstones known." His 
singular good fortune and his reputation for generous and hon- 
orable dealing gave him high standing and not a little local celeb- 
rity. Children : 

David, b. Dec. 5, 1755, d. Oct. 6, 1760; killed by the falling of a 
log of wood. 

Elizabeth b. Sept. 13, 1758, m. Dec. 18, 1799, Wm. Frecland, 

Daniel, b. Nov. 6, 1760, m. Abigail Eaton, removed to Frances- 

Abigail, bapt. Nov. 14, 1762, m. Seth Fuller, Francestown. 
(2) David, bapt. Oct. 7, 1764, m. Sally Gay. 

Catherine bapt. June 11, 1769, m. May 27, 1795, Reuben Green- 
wood, Sherborn. 

Rebecca, bapt. May 3, 1767, d. June 28, 1805. 

Hannah, bapt. Oct. 14, 1771, m. June 3, 1790, Thomas Kimball, 

Joseph, bapt. July 3, 1774, m. Achsa Greenwood. Removed to 
Shrewsbury, Vt. 

2. David^, (David*, David-'', Thomas-, Thomas^) b. 1764, m. 
1786, Sally, dau. Daniel and Thankful (Morse) Gay of Dedham, 
b. Jan. 12, 1764, d. Nov. 8. 1852. He d. Aug. 19, 1824. Mr. 
Fuller was a farmer and inherited the homstead on Strawberry 
hill. His daughter, Sally Gay, was a very hard working woman, 
and before her marriage earned money with which to erect the 
marble monument which stands on her father's lot in Highland 
Cemetery, marking the graves of her father and mother and 
brothers and sisters who are buried there. Children : 

Moses, b. Feb. 20, 1787, m. Elizabeth Cutler, d. in Franklin, Apr. 

29, 1865. 
Clarissa, b. Apr. 30, 1789, m. Timothy Adams, Medway. 
Spencer, b. Aug. 8, 1791, m. Sally Wilson, d. in Needham, Sept. 27, 



Martha, b. Nov. 17, 1793, d. unmarried. May 10, 1816. 

Daniel, b. Apr. 4, 1796, m. Julitta Haven, d. at Forest Hills, Dec. 

14, 1868. 
David, b. Aug. 16, 1798, m. Harriet Herring, d. Dedham, Sept. 14, 1835. 
Sally Gay b. May 4, 1801, m. Amos Allen, d. Medway, Jan. 10, 1875. 
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 27, 1804, m. Willard Shattuck, died California. 
Timothy, b. Aug. 10, 1806, m. Deborah E. Baker, d. Lincoln, Maine, 

Aug. 21, 1882. 
Juliana, b. Nov. 7, 1809, d. unmarried, Jan. i, 1839. 


William W. Gannett, b. 1820, m. Oct. 10, 1848, Charlotte K., 
dau. Rev. Ralph and Charlotte (Kingman) Sanger, b. Aug. 17, 
1822, d. Aug. 2, 1871. Mr. Gannett made his home in Dover for 
a time with his father-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Sanger, where one 
cf his several children was born. Mr. Gannett was a member of 
the firm of Parker & Gannett, proprietors of a widely known 
agricultural warehouse in Boston. Child : 

George P. S., b. Feb. 18, 1856. 


Stephen Gay, b , m. 1787, Silence Merrifield of Milton. 

He lived on a farm long since deserted near the home of Thomas 
Larrabee on Strawberry hill. Mr. Gay served in the Continental 
Army. Descendants of John Gay who emigrated to America 
about 1630 and subseq'uently settled in Dedham appear in the 
early Dover records. Ezra Gay's name appears in the petition 
for the organization of the First Parish Church in 1748, but he 
seems to have left the parish soon after its organization. Chil- 

Catharine, b. Oct, 15, 1788. 
Abigail, b. June 16, 1790. 
Olive, b. Jan. 26, 1792. 
George, b. Nov. 8, 1794. 
Sally, b. Nov. 16, 1796. 
Hannah, b. Apr. 20, 1799. 

Leonard, b. 1784, m. Pamelia, dau. Jonas and Lydia (Frost) 
Cutter of Cambridge, b. Feb. 25, 1794, d. May 4, 1866. He died 


Feb. 28, 1855. Air. Gay settled in Dover, on the Clay brook road, 
about 1830. He moved here from Needham, his native place. 
He was a farmer and a respected citizen. Children : 

Samuel D., b. Dec. 16, 181 1, res. Pepperell. 
(2) Francis G., b. Nov. 30, 1813, m. Hannah Thorpe. 

Albert C, b. Feb. 16, 1824, res. San Francisco. 

Lucinda P., b. Jan. 5, 1819, m. Apr. 20, 1838, James R. Fisher, 

Julia A., b. June 13, 1821, m. William Battelle. 

Caroline C, b. Nov. 2, 1827, m. George M. Tileston, Hunting- 
ton, L. I. 

Lydia M., b. Feb. 9. 1829, m. Henry Smith, 1850. 

Adaline C.. b. Oct. 7, 1831, m. 1849, John M. Brown. 

2. Francis G.- (Leonard^) b. Nov. 30, 1813, m. Dec. 3, 1839, 
Hannah, dau. Ira and Catherine (]\Iimroe) Thorp, b. in Athol, 
Aug. 9, 1816, d. Mar. 5, 1869. He d. June 5, 1879. Mr. Gay 
was born in Needham but came with his father to Dover and 
lived on the homestead now owned by E. F. Phelps on the Clay 
brook road. Children : 

Parnel Maria, b. Sept. 10, 1840, m. Dec. 31, 1863, Geo. W. Gutter- 
son. Lynn. 
Edwin Francis, b. Apr. 22, 1844, d. Jan. 28, 1869. 
Eugene, b. Dec. 14, 1847, d. Aug. 23, 1850. 
Edna Lisette b. Jan. 13, 1852, m. Apr. 14, 1874, Edwin F. Bacon. 


DanieH Gookin (Richard^ Daniel^, Daniel^) b. Jan. 13, 1725-6, 
m. Dec. 24, 1761, Hannah Child. She died May 7, 1769, m. 
2ndly, Dec. 12, 1771, Mrs. Susanna Whiting, m. 3rdly, Mar. 4, 
1784, Finis, dau. William and Hannah (Chenery) Peters of Med- 
field, b. 1749, d. Putney, Vt., about 1816. He died April 25, 1806, 
and is buried in Highland Cemetery. He was descended from 
Maj. Gen. Daniel Gookin of Cambridge, who first made a visit 
to Virginia when a lad of only 9 years. In 1644 he removed to 
Boston and then to Cambridge, which place he represented in 
the General Court. After the capture of Jatnaica, Cromwell in 
1655 made a determined effort to colonize it with people from 
New England. While on a visit to England. Daniel Gookin was 


selected to accomplish this mission. Although the enterprise 
failed, it was not the fault of the person selected. Gookin ar- 
rived in Boston Dec. 30, 1655, charged with the commission to 
acquaint the New England Governor of the capture of Jamaica 
and of Cromwell's desire to settle the island with people "who 
knew and feared the Lord." Daniel Gookin who settled in Dover 
was a grandson of the Rev. Daniel Gookin, the first minister of 
Sherborn, for eight years a fellow of Harvard College, and an 
assistant to the Apostle Eliot in his Indian work at Natick. 
Children : 

Margaret, b. Nov. 21, 1762. 

L3'dia, b. Mar. 7, 1765. 

Hannah, b. Apr. 22, 1769, m. May 5, 1791, Josiah Reed. 

Nathaniel, b. Oct. 7, 1779. 

Nathan Peters, b. Aug. 23, 1785, d. Mar. 9, 17S7. 

Nathan Peters, b. July 4 1788. 


Henry'^ Goulding (John-"^, John-^, Curtis^, John^, Peter^) b. Nov. 
26, 1813, m. June 8, 1837, H. Emeline, dau. Elijah and Rebecca 
(Pierce) Edwards of Lincoln, b. Jan. 26, 1816, d. Jan. 14, 1883. 
He d. July 16, 1884. This family is descended from Capt. John 
Goulding of Sherborn who purchased Winthrop's grant of 600 
acres, to v\^hich he added by the division of common lands and 
by purchase. He was a man of herculean size and strength and 
his power has been imparted in large measure to his descendants. 
He is believed to have been a son of Peter Goulding, who was 
in Boston in 1665, a saddler by trade and one who often appeared 
in the Courts as an attorney. The family has been prominent 
in Sherborn since the settlement there of Capt. John Goulding 
about 1705. Mr. Goulding's mother was married in 181 1, and a 
piece of her wedding dress is still in the family; she spun the 
flax, wove the linen, and embroidered it six inches deep, filled 
in with French knots. On her maternal side Mrs. Goulding's 
ancestor, Elijah Houghton, is reputed to have been one of those 
who assisted in throwing: the tea overboard in Boston harbor. 


As no record was ever made of those who took part in the enter- 
prise, their names are preserved only through tradition. Mrs. 
Goulding's grandfather, Calvin Edwards, was an early manufac- 
turer of wooden clocks at Ashby. Henry Goulding purchased 
the Plimpton farm, foot of Smith street (James S. Lee place), 
in 1839. He was much interested in agriculture and was a prom- 
inent member of the Norfolk Agricultural Society during the 
years of its existence. He intended — and this was before the 
introduction of improved varieties — to have the earliest rhubarb 
of any family in town. It is believed that through many years 
Mrs. Goulding never failed to make a rhubarb pie on May ist, 
although the stalks were sometimes pretty small. All farmers 
intended to have peas as early as the 17th of June. Mr. Gould- 
ing made investments in modern improvements, and is believed 
to have been the first plurchaser of a sewing machine in town. 
He died from the effects of an injury received while driving. 
Children : 

Mary, b. Aug. 3, 1839, d. Oct. 2. 1839. 

Emeline, b. Oct. 20, 1840, m. Mar. 9. 1863, Warren Blackman. 

Mary R., b. Dec. 29, 1842, d. Aug. 6, 1843. 

Martha, b. Feb. 7, 1844, m. Feb. 5, 1865, Joshua Parmenter, Natick. 

Alice R. b. July 17, 1845, m. Oct. 18 1864, Stephen Moore, res. 

Matilda, b. Mar. 15, 1847, m. Oct. 10, 1888, F. A. Parmenter. 
Henry E. b. June 22, 1849, m. Nov. 15, 1874, Julia Gilbert, res. 

Harriet P., b. Apr. 11, 1850. res. Newton. 
Elijah, b. Sept. 14, 1851, m. Dec. 25, 1874, Mary L. Coolidge, m. 

2ndly Oct. 8, 1890, Estella V. Parmenter, res. Worcester. 
Lucy E., b. Nov. 11, 1852, m. Nov. 27, 1873, Freeman A. Parmenter, 

d. Nov. I, 1886. 
John, b. Feb. 20, 1854, m. Aug. 15, 1877, Ella J. Clark, res. Sudbury. 
Melvin, b. Oct. 23, 1855, m. Oct. 23, 1882, Abbie Hemenway res. 

Ella B., b. Nov. 23. 1856, d. Sept. 4. 1871. 
Hannah K., b. Oct. 9, 1858, d. Feb. 5, 1859. 


William^ Green (William^), b. in Smithfield, R. I., 1812, m. 
Eliza A., dau. Uriah and ]\Iary Brownell of New Bedford, b. 


1813, d. Nov. 8, 1881. He d. Aug. 2, 1881. Mr. Green owned 
the Koopman place on Farm street. He added to the work of 
his little farm the duties of sexton of the First Parish Church 
and labored by the day as he had opportunity. As sexton he 
was the successor of Isaac Howe, who served the parish for 
many years. As illustrating his economy it may be stated that 
he wore on Siundays one pair of boots for twenty-four years. 
These were never worn except to church and on the occasion 
of funerals and holidays. Mrs. Green was passionately fond of 
flowers, and for one with small means had a great variety in 
her garden. She was interested in the Dover Baptist Church 
and intended, if there was any residue, after paying numerous 
small bequests to friends, who had cared for her in years of ill- 
ness, to have it go to that society, for the support of preaching. 
All of her little property, however, was consumed by her be- 
quests. Child : 

Ansel H., b. Aug., 1841, d. Jan. 4, 1858. 


1. Johni Griggs m. May 28, 1741, Mrs. Mehitable Thurston 
Ellis, d. Sept. 18, 1757. He m. 2ndly, May 4, 1763, Sarah (Day) 
Wight, widow of David Wight. John Griggs was a petitioner 
for the organization of the First Parish. He left the parish soon 
after his second marriage (1763) and moved to Hubbardston. 
He came to Dover from Brookline. He sold his farm on Ded- 
ham street to the Rev. Benjamin Caryl in 1764. Children: 

Mehitable, b. Oct. 17, 1741. 

Abigail, b. June 29, 1743. 

John, b. Mar. 16, 1744. 

Jemima, b. Nov. 17, 1747, m. 1766, Cephas Clark. 

Samuel, b. Nov. 3, 1749. 

Sarah, b. Aug. 28, 1750. 

William, b. Aug. 16, 1752. 

Gideon, b. Aug. 15, 1754. 

2. Reuben^ (Nathan^), b. Oct. 4, 1782, m. 1809, Lucy, dau. 
Josiah and Lucy (Richards) Battle, b. Aug. 25, 1785. d. Feb. 24. 


1864. He died Dec. 21, 1863. He was a son of Nathan Griggs, 
a Revolutionary soldier, and was, it is believed, a native of Con- 
necticut. Mr. Grigg's was a shoemaker by trade and united shoe- 
making with farming. He hammered the oak tanned soles, and 
with homespun thread, well waxed, closed the seams of the upper 
leather, and made an honest shoe, the great wearing qualities of 
which are remembered to this day. He was an intelligent man 
and being a great lover of books he brought his daughter up 
to read to him while he worked at his bench ; in this way Miss 
Griggs read aloud most of the books in the Proprietors' Library, 
which contained some seven hundred carefully selected and 
standard books, not only to the pleasure of her father, but to 
her own personal advantage. Mr. Griggs was very fond of trees 
and flowers and had much accurate knowledge of them, having 
been for many years a student of both. At one time he lived 
in Amherst, and much of the ground now occupied by the col- 
lege buildings was his cow pasture. He returned to Dover about 
1823. Child: 

Lucy, b. Dec. 25, 1810, m. Apr. 4, 1830, Hiram W. Jones. 


I. Timothyi Guy, m. 1740, Martha, dau. of Jonathan and 
Bethia (Fiske) Plimpton of Medfield. b. 1710, d. 1788. He m. 
2ndly, Oct. 10, 1793, Abigail, dau. Joseph and Abigail Bacon 
of Sherborn, b. May 22, 1776. Timothy Guy came to this coun- 
try from Bristol, England. He was a very patriotic citizen. He 
served in the French and Lidian War, was at the siege of Lewis- 
burg, and is reputed to have taken part in throwing the tea over- 
board in Boston Harbor. This was the first farm settled in the 
westerly part of Dover, and on it was built the fortification de- 
scribed in the Narrative History of Dover. The buildings were 
much farther west on Smith street than the present site ; the 
house was on the knoll in the "spring piece" so called, while the 
barn stood by the spring in the second enclosure. The fortifica- 


tion was on the knoll west of the spring. On this farm, in a 
shallow part of the river, was the "flax place" where in early 
times the farmers rotted their flax, preparatory to its manufac- 
ture into linen. Here also the sheep were washed for shearing 
in the spring of the year. The present house on this farm is the 
oldest building in Dover. It was moved from the Perry p'lace 
in Medfield-Albert Lovell farm and was built not earlier than 
1730 or later than 1740. It was first moved by Amos Wight, in 
1790, to his place on Farm street. Later it was again moved by 
Draper Smith to its present location. On this farm are found 
apple and pear trees, said to have been grown from seed brought 
over from England. As illustrating the custom of the times, 
when this house was moved. John Williams, the tavern keeper, 
was present and mixed grog for the men engaged in the work; 
it is not unlikely that the whole neighborhood turned out. Chil- 
dren : 

(2) Benjamin, b. Dec. ii, 1746. 

Jonathan b. Feb. 19, 1748-9, d. Jan. 9, 1807. 

Bethshua, b. June 6, 1750. ' 

Nathan, b. Aug. 14. 1753. 

2. Benjamin- (Timothy^), b. Dec. 11, 1746, m. Deborah, 
dau. James and Ruth (Sawin) Morse of Sherbom, b. 1751, d. 
June 10, 1843. He died Jan. 5, 1817. Mr. Guy was a man of 
large stature and extraordinary strength ; his feats of strength 
were the admiration of the neighborhood. Airs. Guy used to go 
to Boston to market with her produce resting on the horse's back. 
Children : 

(3) Benjamin, b. Oct. 18, 1779. 

Nathan, b. May 11, 1772, d. Aug. 2"], 1774. 

Ezekiel, b. Aug. 2, 1774. settled in Hopkinton and was in the 

War of 1812. 
Patty, b. Sept. 12, 1777, m. Nov. 20 1794, Ephraim Smith. Sher- 


Martha, b. , d. Jan. 17, 1786. 

Deborah, b. May 4, 1782, d. Apr. 6, 1783. 
Samuel, b. Feb. 14. 1785, died at sea. 
Luther, b. Apr. 2, 1787, lived in Leominster. 
Martin, b. July 16, 1789, d. May 20, 1792. 
Lucinda, b. June 18, 1792, d. Sept. 21, 1803. 


3. Benjamin^ (Benjamin-, Timothy^), b. Oct. 18, 1779, m. 
1805, Sarah, dau. Jonathan and Mercy (Day) Smith of Med- 
field, b. 1785, d. about 1850. He went west about 1825. 

Mr. Guy was a school teacher, as well as farmer, and is said 
to have been a fine mathematician. He sold the homestead to 
Draper Smith and settled in the south part of the town on Hart- 
ford street (William Neal place) in 1811. Children: 

Harriet, b. Apr. 18, 1806, d. Jan. 9, 1898. 

(4) Martin, b. Dec. 11, 1807, d. Mar. 21, 1851. 

(5) Timothy, b. Oct. 3, 1809, d. Jan. 28, 1869. 
Lucinda, b. Dec. 4, 181 1, d. Aug. 8, 1814. 
Sarah A., b. Sept. 8, 1815, d. Oct. 8, 1893. 
Lucy, b. May 14, 1818, d. Aug. 2"], 1820. 
Francis H., b. Dec. 14, 1825, d. Oct. 17, 1827. 
Catherine M., b. Feb. 14, 1823, d. Oct. 20, 1843. 

4. Martin^ (Benjamin^, Benjamin-, Timothy^), b. Dec. ii, 
1807, m. 1832 Adaline Bailey, b. in Marlboro, 1806, d. Sept. 18, 
1858. He died Mar. 21, 1852. Mr. Guy was a blacksmith, also 
a shoemaker and farmer in a small way. He built, in 1842, a 
house on Hartford street east of his brother Timothy's farm, 
and lived there for a time. The old conditions of life as lived 
here, with present possibilities, are well illustrated by a writer 
in his description of the village of Humdrum : Its thousand able- 
bodied men and women, without machinery, and having no 
intercourse with the rest of the world, must work fourteen 
hours out of twenty-foHr that they may all be housed, fed and 
clothed, warmed and instructed. Some ingenious hands invent 
water mills, which saw, plane, thrash, grind, spin, weave and 
do many other things so that these thousand people need work 
but five hours in the day to obtain the results of the fourteen 
by the old process. Here, then, a vast amount of time — nine 
hours in the day — is set free from toil. It may be spent in 
study, social improvement, the pursuit of a favorite art and 
leave room for amusement also. Children : 

Alonzo E., b. , d. in infancy. 

♦Henry M., b. Oct. 10. 1836, re.s. Worcester. 

•Served in the Civil War in Co. n, 43 Regt., M. V. M. ; enlisted .\ug. 25, 1862, 
9 months' service. Discharged July 30, 1863. At the time of his enlistment he 
was boarding in Boston and so was credited to that city. He died Apr. 18, 1913- 


5. Timothy* (Benjamin^, Benjamin-, Timothy^), b. Oct. 3, 
1809, m. May 8, 1834, Elizabeth C, dau. Eleazer and Esther 
(Morse) Perry, b. Feb. 14, 1816, d. Jan. 14, 1895. He died 
Jan. 28, 1868. Mr. Goiy lost a leg when a boy of thirteen years. 
He was riding on an ox sled heavily loaded with wood when he 
fell in front of the nmner. Frightened by the boy's cries, the 
driver of the team did not have the presence of mind to raise 
the runner or unload the wood, but whipped up the oxen and 
drew the load across both legs. One was broken in three places, 
while the other was ground to a jelly. An amputation was nec- 
essary, and the lad, without the aid of an anaesthetic, bore the 
pain of the amputation, which was performed by Dr. Miller of 
Franklin, a noted surgeon of his day. Mr. Guy was a boot man- 
ufacturer for a time in Medfield, but soon returned to the Dover 
farm on Hartford street. His six sons all left home and went 
into business. The grocery trade first engaged their attention in 
both wholesale and retail branches, but was subsequently given 
up for the furniture and general house furnishing business. The 
Guy Furniture Company, with headquarters at Worcester, has 
been incorporated and is said to be the largest house furnishing 
establishment in central Massachusetts ; branch stores have been 
established in Springfield, Brockton, Boston, Quincy and 
Chelsea. The brothers have all given personal attention to their 
business. The daughters, Emma E. and Mrs. Harriet A. M. 
Fuller of Salem, are both prominent in church and philanthropic 
work. Charles W. Guy was elected to the Governor's Council 
in 191 3. Children : 

Timothy F.. b. Apr. i, 1837, m. Harriet M. Baker, res. Norwood. 
Emily L E., b. Apr. 28, 1839, d. Nov. 4, 1843. 

Benjamin E., b. Aug. 31, 1841, m. Charlotte C. Walker, res. Worces- 
Charles W,. b. Oct. 17. 1843, m. Harriet M. Perkins, res. Quincy. 
Walter P. b. Nov. 5, 1845, m. Laura A. Baker, res. Worcester. 
Catherine J., b. Sept. 7, 1847, d. Apr. 6, 1848. 

Elbridge G. T., b. Jan. 17, 1849, m. Merriam S. Enos, res. Worcester. 
Adaline E., b. Apr. 12, 1850, m. F. W. Park, Norwood. 
Herbert E., b. June 13, 1852 m. Lavinia S. Poor, res. Brockton. 
Harriet A. M.. b. June 9, 1855, m. Geo. W. Fuller, Salem. 


Emma E., b. Oct. 31, 1856. 

Lucy A., b. Jan. 27, 1859, m. Frank E. Fuller, Canton. 


Richard'-^ W. Hale (George Silsbee*^, Salma", David'', Joseph^. 
Edmund*, Henry^, John-, Thomas^), son of George Silsbee and 
Ellen (Sever) Hale, was born in Milton June 30, 187 1, married 
May 14, 1903, Mary Newbold, dau. of Edward and Isabel 
(Cox) Patterson. For an account of the Hale family see the 
genealogy of the descendants of Thomas Hale of Watton, Eng- 
land and of Newbury, Mass., published Albany, 1889. Child : 

Richard Walden, Jr., b. Aug. 5, 1909. 


Elnathan- Hammond (Elnathan^), b. 1783, m. Feb. 14, 181 1, 
Polly, dau. Josiah and Keziah (Knowlton) Draper, b. July 4, 
1788, d. May 2, 1862. He d. May 21, i860. Mr. Hammond 
came to Dover from Bridgewater, Vt. He first entered the 
employ of Capt. Josiah Newell. After his mariage he returned 
to Bridgwater, where several of his children were born. He 
finally returned to Dover with his family. He was captain of a 
militia company in Vermont. Children : 

Mary Ann, b. Apr. 3, 1812, d. 1836. 

Elnathan, b. May 23, 1816, res. Sherborn. 

Abigail D., b. Aug. 12, 1818, m. 1840. John R. Paine. 

Josiah D., b. Aug. 14, 1821, d. Oct. 16, 1823. 

Kaziah, b. , m. 1851, Joseph B. Page, Boston. 

Josiah D., b. June 24, 1827, m. Oct. 25. 1853, Ellen A. Powers. 


I. Dana-^ C. Hanchett (William* T., Ebenezer*^, Ebenezer-, 
Thomas^), b. Sept. 11, 1846, m. June 18, 1876, Ida Betsey, dau. 
James and Mary O. (Bullard), Draper b. Feb. 9, 1855. The 
Hanchett's are said to be of French origin. Thomas Hanchett 


settled in Suffield, Conn., in 1732. His grandson, Ebenezer, 
from whom the Dover family is descended, lived in Dracut. 

Dana C, Hanchett lived on Glen street with his brother-in- 
law, J. Franklin Richards, for a time. The house which they 
built in 1878 was burned in 1900. He has a milk route in 
Natick and Wellesley. Children : 

Olive Gertrude, b. June 12, 1877. 
Dana Childs, b. Dec. 26, 1878. 
Ellen Draper, b. May 12, 18S1. 
(3) George Draper, b. May 12. 1883. 
James Malcolm, b. Mar. 6, 1887. 

2. Chester*^ (William T.'*, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Thomas^), 
b. Sept. 25, 1848, m. Apr. 17, 1S77, Rosella M., dau. Henry and 
Ursula Maria (Cqlby), Sedgewick, b. April 8, 1855. 

Mr. Hanchett worked for many years in his father's shoe 
shop at South Natick and has continued in the business at the 
head of a department since the purchase of the Dover farm in 
1881. Children: 

Chester, b. Nov. 2, 1878, d. Nov. 18, 1904. 

Homer, b. Nov. 2, 1878, m. Feb. 10, 1906, Mary A. Sutton, Needham. 

Ethel, b. Mar. 2, 1880, d. Apr. 14, 1901. 

Edna, b. Mar. 2, 1880, d. Nov. 25, 1899. 

3. George*^ Draper (Dana Childs^, William T.^, Ebenezer^, 
Ebenezer-, Thomas'^), b. May 12, 1883, ^- Oct. 6, 1909, Georgia 
Elizabeth, dau. George H. and Adelaide E. (Wight) Thomp- 
son, b. Sept. 10, 1888. Children : 

Ruth Draper, b. Dec. 7, 1911. 
Margery Thompson, b. May 25, 1913. 
George Draper, b. Feb. 23, 1915. 


Henry2 J. Hanks (Christopher^), b. April 20, 1833, m. Sept. 
10, 1855, Sarah A., dau. Daniel and Mary (Corliss) Mann, b. 
Oct. 9, 1838. He d. Feb. 13, 1897. Mr. Hanks lived in Dover 
for a time and later moved to Medfield where he was a drug- 
gist. He was descended from Christopher Hanks who was 


born in Pennsylvania ; and bound out when only eight years of 

age to learn the trade of a paper maker in Philadelphia. He 

later came to Dover and worked in the paper mills at Charles 

River, finally settling in Needham. Children : 

Arabella, b. Feb. 27, 1859, d. Mar. 28, 1859. 
Sadie A., b. June 23, 1877. 


John^ Harding (Nathan"^, Hoses'*, Abraham^, John-, Abra- 
ham^), son of Nathan and Dorcas (Fisher) Harding, was b. 
1779, m. April 10, 1810, Julia, dau. Ebenezer and Hannah (Al- 
len) Battelle, b. May 12, 1784, d. Mar. 6, 1856. He died July 
II, 1850. Mr. Harding is supposed to be descended from Abra- 
ham Harding who was in Braintree as early as 1648. Marry- 
ing into the Battelle family he had a farm from that estate, 
Comiskey place on Main street, junction of Haven street. He 
was a highly respected citizen, quiet and unassuming. His 
son, Fisher Harding, fitted for Harvard with the town minister, 
Rev. Dr. Sanger, and read law in the office of Daniel Webster 
in Boston. He settled in Detroit, Mich., and was a lawyer of 
great promise, having a large clientage, when he was cut oflE 
by typhoid fever. He died greatly lamented by all. His sister, 
Miss Julia Harding, was public spirited, and much interested in 
the history of the town ; her treasury of facts and records 
greatly enriched the Narrative History of Dover. Miss Hard- 
ing willed her farm to the First Parish Church, and provided 
for the improvement of the cemetery, the building of a porch 
to the First Parish Meeting House, and the enlargement of the 
endowment of the Parish Library, but dying suddenly her 
will, which had been drawn and left unsigned, was of no effect 
and her estate went to fifteen cousins, some of whom living in 
the Far West had never heard of her. Children : 

Fisher Ames, b. June 23. 181 1, graduated from Harvard, 1833, d. 

Aug. 4. 1844, Detroit, ]\Iich. 
Julia Ann, b. Feb. 21, 1812, d. Nov. i, 1888. 
John Battle, b. Aug. 10, 1814. d. Nov. 10, 1879. 




1. William- Hart (Johni), b. in Colraine, m. Betsey, dau. 
Jonathan and Betsey (Maddock) Hatch, b. Oct 18, 1824. Lived 
on the Clay brook road. Mr. Hart was a son of Susan 
(Parker) Hart, widow of John Hart who bought land on Cross 
street in 1848 and moved thereon a house which she bought of 
Mason Richards. This property continued in the family for 
many years. Mrs. Hart was descended from the Parkers of 
Roxbury for whom so many places are now named including 
Parker hill. As her family had been for many generations con- 
nected with Roxbury she used to tell many Revolutionary inci- 
dents which are still recalled by her descendants. Children : 

(2) William G., b. Oct. 14, 1847. 
Timothy W., b. Feb. 4, 1842. 
Melissa, b. 1852. 

Nancy S.. b. 1854. 

(3) George, b. May 15, 1847. 

2. William^ G. (William-', Johni), b. Oct. 14, 1847, m. 
July 24, 1868, Anna M., dau. John S. and Elizabeth (Joy) 
Nuttage, b. June 6, 1855. Children: 

Frank E., b. Mar. 21, 1872, res. Needham. 
Lewis E., b. Mar. 30, 1875. res. Needham. 
Walter N., b. Oct. 18, 1877, res. New Bedford. 
Chester G.. b. Oct. 14, 1880, d. Feb. 25, 1893. 
Laura Alice, b. Feb. 8, 1883, res. Needham. 
Harry C.. b. Jan. 7, 1888, d. Aug. 11, 1899. 

3. George^ (William^, John^), b. May 15, 1857, m. Sept. 3, 
1879, Lydia Frances, dau. Francis Henry and Elizabeth Quincy 
(Burns) Dewing, b. Nov. 17, 1861. Children: 

Nellie G., b. Mar. 17, 1880, m. Harry Anthony, res. Natick. 
Henry G.. b. Mar. 17, 1882, m. Annie Murry, res. Needham. 
Charlotte M.. b. Aug. 19, 1890, d. Sept. i. 1891. 
Orraetta, b. Mar. 31, 1892, d. Nov. 19 1893. 



1. Obed^ Hartshorn (Moses^), son of Moses and Elizabeth 
(Smith) Hartshorn was b. in Medfield, March 30, 1761, m. 
July 22, 1790, Sarah, dau. Jonathan and Lois (Clark) Wight, b. 
Dec. 2-], 1764, d. May 16, 1864. He d. Feb. 17, 1843. Mr. Harts- 
horn was probably in the fourth generation from Thomas Harts- 
horn who was an early settler in Reading where his descendants 
have lived for many years and where he was a freeman in 1648. 
He settled on Farm street near the Medfield line and carried on 
for many years the work of a blacksmith in connection with his 
farm. Children : 

Sally, b. Apr. 7, 1791, d. Dec. 16. 1875. 

Rebecca, b. Aug. 2},, 1796, m. Dec. 27 ,1855, Moses Richardson. 
Moses, b. Aug. 21, 1798, d. Feb. 17, 1869. 
(2) Obed, b. Oct. 23, 1802. 

2. Obed^ (Obed^, Moses^), b. Oct. 25, 1802, m. 1835 Silence, 
dau. Horatio and Elizabeth (Harding) Adams of Med way, b. 
March 12, 1812, d. May 16, 1904. He d, July 12, 1880. Mr. 
Hartshorn was a farmer and lived on the homestead. His inter- 
ests were largely in Medfield, as the family always attended 
church and school there. While Dover had no active abolition- 
ists she had in the Free soilers sympathizers with the cause. 
Public meetings were held in Noanet hall in the early fifties to 
assist in the struggle to admit Kansas as a free state. While 
residents were only mildly in sympathy with the anti-slavery 
movement, yet it seems well to present here the picture of the lot 
of the agitator as given by the Hon. Theodore D. Weld, of our 
own county, himself a noble orator and a sufiferer in the 
cause. The Abolitionists, he says, "were the victims of an indis- 
criminate ostracism. Everywhere they were doomed because 
they hated slavery and lived out that hate. In thousands of 
cases they were subjected to personal assaults, beatings, and 
buflFetings, with nameless indignities. They were driven from 
their homes to the fields and the woods and their houses burned. 
They were dragged and thrust from the halls in which they held 
their meetings. They were smeared with filth, stripped of cloth- 


ing, tarred, feathered, ridden upon rails, their houses sacked, 
bonfires made of their furniture and bedding, their domestic ani- 
mals cropped and crippled. Often they were shot at and some- 
time killed." Child : 

Josephine M.. b. Feb. 8, 1842, m. Feb. 11, 1867, Stillman J. Spear, 
res. Medfield. 

Note. — Mrs. Sarah (Wight) Hartshorn attained as far as known the greatest 
age of any resident of Dover, having lived to be 99 years, 4 months, 19 days. Mrs. 
Hortshorn came from a family of remarkable longevity, her mother, Margaret (Fair- 
banks) Wight, of Medfield, lived to be 103 years old; her father, Jonathan Wight, 
lived to be 97 years old, while a daughter of Esther (Wight) Caryl, born in Dover 
in 1750, attained to nearly 103 years. 


Elijah'' Hastings (Elijah^, Hopestili^, Thomas^, Thomas-, 
Thomas^), b. May 4, 1791, m. May 25, 1813, Rebecca, dau. 
Ebcnezer and Rebecca (Richards) Smith, b. Nov. 27, 1792, d. 
Aug. 29, 1870. He d. Oct. 1834. The name Hastings is of an 
illustrious family in history and the race to which it applies is 
of Danish origin. Thomas Hastings, aged 29, and wife Susanna, 
aged 34, embarked at Ipswich, England, Apr. 10, 1634, in the 
ship Elizabeth, for New England and settled at Watertown. He 
had a lot assigned him at Dedham in 1635 or 36, but never lived 
there. He was a prominent man in Watertown, holding various 
offices, and was for a long time a deacon in the First Church. 
It was always an occasion of pride to many residents, some of 
whom are now living*, that they took part in the welcome which 
was extended to Lafayette when he revisited this country. Quite 
a number from this Parish — Fourth Parish of Dedham — had 
taken part in his land expedition to drive the English out of 
Newport, R. I., and he was affectionately remembered by others 
for his gallant service to this country. On the morning of Oct. 
24, 1824, the whole population of Boston and the surrounding 
country turned out to meet Lafayette. An arch was erected on 
Boston Neck, under which he rode, which bore an inscription 
which is still recalled : 

*Sketch written in 1900. 


Welcome Lafayette, 

The fathers in glory shall sleep 

That gathered with thee to tight 

But the sons will eternally keep 

The tablet of gratitude bright. 
We bow not the neck, we bend not the knee, 
But our hearts, Lafayette, we surrender to thee. 

The late Mrs. Ellen J. Harding of Weymouth held in memory 
the visit of Gen. Lafayette and had a pitcher which was made to 
commemorate his visit ; it held two quarts and was decorated 
with mottoes and had on one side a picture of Lafayette and on 
the other a likeness of Washington. Elijah Hastings lived in 
Dover for a time. When the Hartford turnpike was built in 
1806, the Dover tollgate was the first one on the pike. The gate 
was at first swung from the corner of the house now owned by 
William Neal. Later a gatehouse was l)uilt near the residence 
of the late William Tisdale-Schaffner farm. Mr. Hastings col- 
lected the tolls and lived here with his family in the toll house 
for several years. He was a tanner by trade. He moved in 
1823 to Schenectady, N. Y. His wife made the trip with their 
children, unattended, and forded the Connecticut river. Chil- 
dren : 

Elijah A., b. Mar. 3, 1815, d. June 10, 1832. 
tEllen J., b. June 18, 1817, m. Apr. 23, 1841, Joseph Harding, Wey- 
JAnn E. C, b. Sept. 26, 1819, d. May 23, 1871, Harrisburg, Pa. 
tHenry J., b. Oct. 23, 1821, d. Feb. 22, 1852. Rochester, N. Y. 
tOscar H., b. Oct. 22, 1823, res. Oswego, N. Y. 

Edward M., b. Mar. 19, 1826, d. July 20. 1850. 

Margaret P., b. May 2, 1828, m. Alfred Terrell, Weymouth. 

Charles W., b. June 19, 1831. res. Weymouth. 

.\lbert E., b. June 18, 1834, d. Aug. 2, 1876. 

fHorn in Dover. 

JMarried Norman Bennett, their daughter, Fredericks Bennett, is the wife of 
Gen. S. S. Sumner, U. S. A. 



1. Joseph^ Haven (Joseph^, Moses-, Richard^), son of Jo- 
seph and Martha (Walker) Haven was born in Framingham 
Feb. 7, 1717, m. Dec. 28, 1737, Miriam Bayley, d. Oct. 12, 1755, 
m. 2ndly Mar. 2, 1757, Mrs. Rebecca, widow of Joseph Chicker- 
ing, and dau. Josiah and Hannah (Fisher) Newell, b. Jan. 27, 
1717, d. Apr. II, 1792. He d. Feb. 22, 1801. Richard Haven, 
who came from the west of England and settled in Lynn in 
1644-5, was the progenitor of the Dover family which was 
prominent in the early history of the Parish. Nothing is known 
of Richard Haven previous to his settlement in America. He 
has a numerous posterity which is remarkable for its large num- 
ber of college graduates. Joseph Flaven was the first of the 
family to settle in Dover. He was elected a deacon of the First 
Parish Church on its organization in 1762. After his second 
marriage he settled in Dover with his young family and lived 
on the farm of Mrs. Haven's former husband, Joseph Chicker- 
ing. Dea. Haven was active in his services to his fellow citi- 
zens ; he was paid in 1778 for "lead and flints" furnished the 
town, seven pounds and two shillings. He was also paid for 
"numbering the people." He constantly served the town and 
parish on important committees. He was a cordwainer by trade. 
Children : 

Elias, b. Oct. 28, 1738, d. Jan. 12. 1742. 

(2) Elias, b. June 18, 1742. 

Lydia, b. Aug. 25, 1744, m. Jonathan Hall, Paris, Maine. 
Joseph, b. May 14, 1744, graduated Harvard, 1774, res. Roches- 
ter, N. H. 

(3) Noah, b. June 17, 1749. 
Obadiah, b. July 24, 1751. 

John, b. June 18, 1754, graduated Harvard, 1776, was a ship sur- 
geon and died at sea. Taught the Springfield Parish school in 

2. Elias^ (Joseph^, Joseph-^, Moses-, Richard^), b. June 18, 
1742, m. June 14, 1764, Jemima, dau, Jonathan and Anna (Bul- 
lard) Whiting, b. June 17, 1742. He was killed in the engage- 
ment with the British near the Arlington Meeting-house April 


19. 1775- Mrs. Haven was a woman of strong character, and 
when told of her husband's death and asked if his body should 
be returned, replied, "No, let him be buried where he fell." Mr. 
Haven had a small farm on Farm street now owned by J. Story 
Fay 3d. Children : , 

(4) Elias. b. Oct. 30, 1765. 

Abigail, b. June 4. 1767, m. June 11, 1788, Jesse Bacon. 
Jemima, b. Apr. 18, 1769, m. June i, 1791, David Everett. Ded- 

3. Noah"' (Joseph^, Joseph^, Moses-, Richard^), b. Jan. 17, 
1749, m. Nov. 14, 1775 Olive Kingsbury and for a time lived 
in Holden, where he was a prominent citizen and held the 
offices of town clerk, selectman and assessor. In middle life he 
returned to Dover and was a most respected citizen, holding 
the office of deacon in the First Parish Church. Children : 

John, b. Nov. 19, 1778. 

Noah. b. Nov. 20, 1780. 

Rufus, b. May 18, 1783. 

Joseph, b. June 19. 1786, graduated Harvard, 1810, res. Dennis. 

Olive, b. July 28, 1788. 

4. Elias^ (Elias^"', Joseph*, Joseph^, Moses-, Richard^), b. 
Oct. 30, 1765, m. Rebecca. He lived on the homestead on Farm 
street. Mr. Haven moved from Dover to Chesterfield, New 
Hampshire, about 1790, where he lived until 1802, when he took 
his family to Oneida County, New York. He died about 1850, 
and is buried at Sangersfield, New York. He had five sons 
and five daughters, of whom seven were born after leaving 
Dover. Children : 

Elias, b. Feb. 22, 1788. 

John, b. July 7, 1789. 

Olive, m. Apr. 10, 1810, Stephen Kingsbury, Franklin. 


I. Samuel* Herring (Thomas^, Thomas-, Thomas^), b. Apr. 
30, 1713, m. Anna. He was descended from Thomas Herring. 






who with his wife, Mary, was admitted to the Dedham Church 
in 165 1. He came here from Dorchester. Samuel Herring 
was an early settler in the Springfield Parish. He was seated 
in the meeting-house in 1762 and members of the family con- 
tinued to live here for many years. The homestead was on 
Hartford street, but was long since abandoned. Benjamin, 
who settled in Dedham, had the improvement of certain apple 
trees on his father's farm at the southwest corner of the old 
orchard which was conveyed to him during the life of the 
trees. Orchards were of great value as much cider was manu- 
factured. The great number of cider mills in the early settle- 
ment of the town has been often noted.* Children : 

Benjamin, b. Oct. 21, 1738. 

Mary. b. Mar. 16, 1745. 

Rebecca, b. Feb. 23, 1749, m. May 14, 1777, Josiah Whittemore, Wal- 

pole, m. 2ndly, Jeremiah Day, Jr. 
Sarah, b. June 28, 1754. 

2. Thomas^ (Samuel"*, Thomas-^, Thomas-, Thomas^), b. 
Mar. 16, 1745, m. Apr. 30, 1774, Elizabeth Clark. She m. 2ndly 
Aug. 12, 1795, James Clapp of Medfield. He died previous to 
1791. Thomas occupied with his family the west half of the 
homestead. Children : 

Thomas, b. Jan. 8, 1775, settled in Brookfield. 

Oates, b. Nov. 6, 1776. 

OHve, b. Aug. 11, 1778. 

Elizabeth, b. Oct. 10, 1780. 

Hannah, b. Aug. 27, 1783. 

Lavinia, b. Aug. 30, 1785. 

Mary, b. Sept. 22, 1790. 

Note. — Lemuel Herring and Petetiah Herring were residents of the Parish at 
the time of the Revolution. 

*See map in "Dover Farms." 


Jedediahi*^ W. Higgins (Joseph^, Tedediah^, Joseph", Jede- 
diah®, Eleazer^, Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Benjamin^, Richard^), 
son of Joseph and Hannah (Paine) Higgins, was b. Apr. 4, 
1857, m. June 23, 1887, Amy H., dau. Cornelius and Charlotte 


(Wight) Sullivan, b. Mar. i6, 1854. He d. Mar. 28, 1909. 
Mr. Higgins was descended in the tenth generation from Rich- 
ard Higgins, a tailor who came from England in the ship Ann 
in 1623 ; he was made a freeman in Plymo'tith in 1633, and was 
a member of Gov. Prince's company, who settled Eastham. 
Mr. Higgins was also descended on his maternal side from the 
Mayflower Pilgrims. Jedediah Higgins sixth was the progen- 
itor of the Truro family, where the subject of this sketch was 
born. Mr. Higgins was the town storekeeper and was for 
many years a prominent citizen. Pie served Dover on many im- 
portant committees, was chairman of the board of selectmen for 
some years and at the time of his death was the town treasurer. 
Mr. Higgins was much interested in temperance and was clerk 
of the Massachusetts Total Abstinence Society. Children : 

Evalyn D., b. May 26, 1889, graduated Boston University, 191 1. 

Helen Bernice, b. Jan. i. 1891. d. Nov. 5. 1897. 

J. Russell, b. July 4, 1893. 

Eliot W., b. Dec. 11, 1895, student Tufts College. 

Wendell B., b. Sept. 1.3. 1900. 

2. Eben" (Eben^, Eben^, Jacob*, Isaac^, Benjamin-, Rich- 
ard^), son of Eben and Susan (Sears) Higgins, was born in 
Brewster, May 12, 1818. He went to work at eight years of 
age on the little farm of a neighbor to help support the family 
his father having been incapacitated by the loss of a leg. He 
did the planting, cared for the crops, and harvested them alone. 
At twelve he engaged in wood chopping with his brother. In 
his fifteenth year he shipped as a cabin boy on a square rigger 
bound for a Russian port. Later he went to New Orleans, 
where the vessel in which he sailed was condemned as unsea- 
worthy and sold. In New Orleans he ran across another boy 
about his own age and they both sailed for Boston with Capt. 
Bangs. His companion was the father of Hon. George Fred 
Williams. He later sailed with Capt. Elias Davis of Glouces- 
ter, who took an interest in the young sailor and sent him to a 
school kept by Master Moore, who taught ambitious sailors 
navigation. He worked up through the grades of seaman, able- 


seaman, second mate, mate, to master. Capt. Higgins sailed 
on many ships ; it is recalled that he was at one time in com- 
mand of the brig Sarah Ann, which was engaged in the West 
India and South America trade. Capt. Higgins made many 
voyages to warm countries, bringing back cargoes of sugar, 
molasses, coffee, cocoa and other tropical products. During the 
later years of his service he was located in Dutch Guiana, where 
he acted as agent for the owners of cargoes consigned to him 
which he sold and then reloaded the vessels with products which 
he bought from the plantations in the interior. These cargoes 
were floated down the streams on flat-boats. He was engaged 
in this service in a country only 5 degrees north of the equator. 
Capt. Higgins retired at the age of forty-five and bought the 
Dover farm, where he lived for seven years. He then bought 
land in Newtonville, where his sons had settled, and built a 
house, where he spent the remaining years of his life. He mar- 
ried July 15, 1841, Lydia, dau. of John and Lydia (Sargent) 
Tucker, b. in Gloucester, Jan. 5, 1819, d. Sept. 14, 1908. He d. 
May 2T„ 1880. Children born in Gloucester: 

Lydia Ann. b. Apr., 1843, m. Abraham Bigelow. 
(3) Eben, b. Mar. 31, 1845. 

Willard Sears, b. May 23, 1847, res. Newtonville. 

Susan Abby, b. Nov. 29. 1849, m. Roger S. Battelle, d. Jan. 14, 

Howard Holbrook. b. Oct. 6, 1852, d. Dec. 16, 1852. 

3. Eben^ (Eben", Eben^, Eben^, Jacob"*, Isaac^, Benjamin-, 
Richard^), b. Mar. 31, 1845, m. Sept. 15, 1868, Sarah A., dau. 
of Lewis and Maria (Holbrook) Goulding, b. Sept. 15, 1845. 
Mr. Higgins has been for many years a contractor as well as 
farmer. He has held many town offices of trust and responsi- 
bility. Children : 

*Eben Edward, b. Nov. 2, 1871, m. Jan. i, 1902, Nina Maud, dau. 

Joseph and Melissa L. (Adams) Ashley, res. Fitchburg. Children: 

Mildred Ashley, b. Oct. 12, 1902, Beatrice Irene, b. Mar. 30, 1905. 

Lois Goulding, b. Mar. 28, 1906, Hazel Adeline, b. Oct. 29, 1907. 

He d. in Fitchburg. Feb. 2, 1908. 
*Charles Herbert, b. Feb. 23, 1875. m. Oct. 22, 1901, Jane Ruth Hill, 

*Born in Newton. 


Quebec. Children: Ruth Dorothy, b. Ottawa, Oct. 26, 1902, Her- 
bert Hall, b. May 17, 1907. 
Lydia Adeline, b. Jan. 27, 1884. 


I. William- Hill (Mathew^). b. in London, England, Mar. 
14, 1803, m. Jan. 12, 1828, Catherine Chalmers of Fifeshire, 
Scotland, b. Dec. 18, 1808, d. July 26, 1867. He died June 4, 
1876. His father, Mathew Hill, married Lady Mary Gilbraith 
of St. Minnius Sterlingshire, Scotland. Mr. Hill purchased 
imder the firm name of William Hill & Son the Noanet Mills 
in Dover in 1859 and commenced the manufacture of roofing 
paper, which was largely used during the civil war in building 
hospitals throughout the south. In 1869 they built a new mill 
on the Needham side of Charles river and engaged in the manu- 
facture of Alanila paper. After the death of William Hill, Jr., 
in 1873, the business was carried on by his father until his death 
in 1876. His surviving son, Edward Hill, then took the busi- 
ness and carried it on until the mills were destroyed by fire Oct. 
12, 1887. The mill on the Needham side of the river was sold 
to E. H. Sampson of Boston, who manufactured leather board 
here for a year. In 1888 the mills again came into the Hill 
family and the manufacture of book, newspaper and manila 
paper was carried on by Edward Hill. In 1891 he sold the 
property to Frank H. Brown of Bellows Falls, Vt. Children : 

(2) Edward, b. May 30, 1829. 

Agnes, b. Jan. 4, 1839, m. Geo. R. Davidson, 

Mary A., b. Apr. 19, 1842, m. Robert Smith. 

Jennie C, b. Apr. 11, 1851. m. John F. Wall. 

Eliza, b. Jan. 31, 1846. d. June 16, 1865. 

William, b. June 7, 1830, d. Dec. 12, 1873, res. Charles River. 

2. Edward^ (William-, Mathew^), b. May 30, 1829, m. May 
16, 1857, Mary J. Hutchinson of Sackville, N. B., d. Mar. 14, 
1893, m. 2ndly Feb. 26, 1895, Mary V.. dau. Chester and Eliza- 







beth (Leavitt) Campbell. He now resides in Needham. Chil- 

Willard D., b. Mar. 6, 1S5S. 
Edwin R., b. June 16, 1S65. 


Ernest- Franklin Hodgson (Thomas^), son of Thomas and 
Caroline (Uentleyj Hodgson, was born in Medford, May 20, 
1871, m. in Glencarlyn, Va., Aug. 11, 1898, Florence, dau. Asa 
T. and Susan ( Jei1:ers)Stowell. Thomas Hodgson was a 
watch maker by trade and came to America from England in 
1835. Mr. Hodgson is the manufacturer of the Wigwam Port- 
able House. His large factory is kept busy in supplying this 
popular house which is now used in all parts of the country. 
His business has been developed from the manufacture, in a 
small way, of the Peep o' Day Incubator and Peep o' Day 
Brooder, of which he is the original patentee. Children : 

Richard Stowell. b. Mar. 12, 1905. 
Geraldine, b. Sept. 6, 1908. 
Marion Bentley, b. Apr. 15, 1916. 


James^ Cleveland Hopkins (George^ J. Solomon'', Solomon^, 
Seth^, Benjamin^, Steven^, Gyles-, Steven^), son of George J. 
and Fanny Marietta (Hunt) Hopkins, b. in Boston, Dec. 25, 
1873, m. Jan. 8, 1908, Mary Gould, dau. Horace and Louisa 
Goddard (Gould) McMurtrie. Mr. Hopkins has the distinction 
of being descended from two passengers in the Mayflower, 
Stephen Hopkins and his son Gyles. It was to Stephen Hop- 
kins and his wife Elizabeth that a son was born on the voyage 
whom thev named Oceanus. Peferring to the Pilgrims, Minot 
J. Savage once said : "I would rather be able to trace my an- 
cestry back to the Pilgrims than along any other line that the 
history of the world has ever seen, nobles, kings, emperors 
not excepted. This little handful of Pilgrims created the 


mould into which this great republic of ours has been run. 
No matter where the rest of the people came from, from what 
ever country on the face of the earth, they have been domi- 
nated, controlled, shaped, their destiny marked out, by these 
forty-one Pilgrims in the cabin of the Mayflower. They gave 
form to our government and everything that has happened to 
us since has come along the lines which they laid down." Mr. 
Hopkins is a member of the firm of Kilham & Hopkins, archi- 
tects, Boston. Children : 

Louisa McMurtrie, b. Dec. 8, 1908. 
Mary McMurtrie, b. Mar. 22. 1910. 
Charlotte Gordon, b. Nov. 16, 1911. 
James Cleveland, b. July 25, 1914. 


1. Henry- Horton (Gushing^), b. May 10, 181 5, m. Dec. 2, 
1836, Abigail K., dau. of Samuel and Rebecca Mayo, b. July 20, 
1815, d. Feb. 5, 1868. He d. 1875. Mr. Horton was for fifteen 
years a prominent citizen of Dover. He was a member of the 
board of selectmen, school committee and represented the dis- 
trict in the General Court. He was a farmer and owned the 
Charles S. Damrell place on Main street. Mr. Horton was a 
native of Eastham, and d. in Chelsea. Children : 

Melissa H., b. Sept. 18, 1837, d. Feb. 2. 1842. 
Mary A. P., b. July 25, 1839, m. 1858. John McKay, Maiden. 
(2) Henry H., b. Aug. 2, 1841, m. 1864. Martha Allen, Dover. 

Melissa H., b. Aug. 26, 1843, m. James F. Ward, d. 189^, in 

James W., b. Feb. 21, 1846, m. 1870, Emma Griggs, Needham. 
Ella. b. Aug. 15. 1848, res. Maiden. 
Charles S., b. May 11, 1851, m. 1892, Ella Montgomery, res. 

Marysville, Montana. 
George F., b. June 2;^, 1855, m. 1880. Emma L. Hatch. Needham. 

2. Henry^ H. (Henry-, Cushingi) b. Aug. 1841, m. June 
22, 1865, Martha Antoinette, dau. David E. and Martha Ann 
(Whitney) Allen, b. Aug. 10, 1841. He d. Jan. 19, 1914. 
Children : 


Clara Ashton, b. Aug. 19, 1867, d. Aug. 19, 1867. 

Henry Ellis, b. Dec. 8, 1869, m. Lillian Hatch, res. Hornell, N. Y 

Edward Smith b. Feb. 15, 1873, d. Jan. 27, 1885. 


James2 O. Howard (Thomasi), b. 1842, m. June 1871, Martha 
L. dau. Linus and Martha (Soule) Bliss, b. Nov. 22, 1849. 
He d. April 27, 1878. Mr. Howard was born in Bethel, Maine. 
He worked for his father-in-law, Linus Bliss. His son, James 
O. was in the Spanish War and served on the Brooklyn in the 
naval fight at Santiago. Children : 

George L., b. June 22, 1872. 
James O., b. Dec. 21, 1874. 


I. Isaac« Howe (Isaac^, Isaac"', Isaac^, Abraham^, Abra- 
hami), son of Isaac and Lois (Dadman) Howe, was b. Jan. 7, 
1788, m. Oct. 24, 1819, Betsey Stowe, dau. Capt. John and Sally 
(Stowe) Williams, b. Oct. 25, 1801, d. Nov. 23, 1889. 
He d. Sept. 25, 1878. He was descended from Abra- 
ham Howe, who was born in England and died in 
P.oxbury in 1676. He was made a freeman at Rox- 
bury. May 2, 1638. Mr. Howe was a member of John Eliot's 
Church in Roxbury. In 1645 he was one of the signers of a 
covenant to found a "free school in the town of Roxbury." 
This school has had a continuous existence ever since, and is 
now known as the Roxbury Latin School. Isaac Howe was 
born in Framingham. His father was for seven years and six 
months, most of the time a private, in the Revolutionary War, 
a record which is unequalled in the archives of Massachusetts. 
The Rev. Israel Loring of Sudbury wrote, Isaac Howe of 
Framingham departed this life (about 1752) a man not over-flow- 
ing with wealth. In his house were to be seen no curious beau- 
fet, set out with plates and china-ware, no papered, nor painted 
nor gilded rooms, no costly dishes, none of these, nor such like 


things. No, but on the contrary, marks of poverty were there 
to be seen. However, in this man's house dwelt one of the 
excellences of the earth, one rich in faith and an heir of the king- 

Isaac Howe settled in Dover some time previous to his mar- 
riage and for a number of years kept the tavern and store in 
connection. He lived at one time in the house occupied by the 
late Frederick H. Wight on Centre street. Here some of his 
children were born. He was for many years postmaster and 
the town sexton. Mrs. Howe very domestic and her ideals 
of a wife and mother and keeper of the family comfort were of 
such an order that she could never have been a public woman or 
have the inclination to shape politics, even indirectly. Children : 

Sarah Elizabeth, b. Jan. 17, 1821, m. Albert L. Smith. 
Louisa Battelle, b. Mar. 9, 1823, m. Joseph A. Smith. 
John Williams, b. Dec. 19, 1825, d. Dec. 20, 1825. 
Mary Williams, b. May 10, 1828. m. Abner L. Smith. 
John Wlliams, b. Sept. 10, 1830, m. Mary E. Bacon. 
Martha Ann, b. May 9, 1834. d. Sept. 11. 1914. 
George Luther, b. Oct. 6, 1837, d. Sept. 14, 1907. 
Isaac Henry, b. Aug. 27, 1844, m. Abbie M. Proctor. He d. Jan. 25, 

2. Alonzo^ (Elii), .'^on Eli and Solome (Andrews) Howe, 
was b. in Maine, m. May 19, 1839, Lucy R.. dau. John and 
Betsey (Battle) Brown, d. March 27, 1842, m. secondly, April 
27, 1843, Nancy Andrews. He moved to Bethel, Maine, where 
he died about 1850. He was a carpenter and built in 1840, the 
house on Main street owned by the late Capt. Damrell. Children : 

Jane Elizabeth, b. 1840, d. May 7, 1842. 
Edward Brown, b. 1842, d. Sept. 15, 1842. 

3. Albion^ K. (Elii), b. April 7, 1821, m. Jan. 20, 1846, Eliza, 
dau. Ma.son and Kezia (Perry) Brown, b. Feb. 12, 1827, d. 
Jan. 17, 1914. He d. in Wellesley, Aug. 31, 1882. Albion Howe, 
whose father was b. in Marlboro, was probably descended from 
Ebenezer Howe, of Brookfield, who had several descendants by 


the name of "Albion," and of whom was Gen. Albion Paris 
Howe, who served with distinction in the Mexican war, also in 
the Civil war. Mr. Howe was a carpenter and lived on the 
John Brown place on Farm street. He held many offices in 
Dover of trust and responsibility. Children: 

Emma E., b. Feb. i, 1847. m. Nov. i, 1868, Chester A. Bigelow 
Marion M., b. Feb. 14. 1848, m. Apr. 3, 1868, Samuel Bliss. 
Eugene, b. Nov. 27, 1852, d. Apr. 5, 1854. 
Eugene, b. Nov. 22,, 1859, m. Apr. 26, 1892. Sarah Spaulding. 

4. William2 A. (Elii), b. Jan. 22, 1825, m. Jan. 16, 1852, 
Joanna D., dan. John and Mary D. (Bacon) DeMerritt, b. Nov. 
8, 1830. He d. Jan. 21, 1896. Mr. Howe held many town 
offices. He was a carpenter and manufacturer of shoe-filling. 
He lived on Main street, where James D. Mann now lives. 
Children : 

Clara Ann, b. Mar. 27, 1854, m. Sept. 19, 1887, John N. Ellsworth, Jr. 

Mary Helen, b. Jan. 18, 1857, d. Nov. 19, 1862. 

William Babcock, b. July 18, i860, d. Nov. 11, 1862. 

Nellie Jane. b. Sept. 7, 1862, d. Dec. i, 1862. 

Mabel DeMerritt, b. June 21, 1865, m. Dec. 31, 1886, Chester C. Fuller. 

Minot G.. b. Dec. 18, 1871, d. Mar. 11. 1872. 


Luther^ P. Jennison (Nathan^), b. in Needham Aug. 27, 1815, 
m. July 2, 1840, Rebecca Battelle, dau. Joel and Polly (Battelle) 
Sawin, b. Aug. 31, 1820. He d. Jan. 7, 1883, at Utica, N. Y. 
Mr. Jennison was a shoemaker by trade and hved in Dover for 
some years where four of his children were born. He enhsted 
in Co. E. i6th Reg. M. V. M. from Holliston in 1862 and was 
for a long time a prisoner in Richmond. Wesley B. Jennison 
enlisted in Co. B, i6th Reg. M. V. M., in 1862 and died in 
Richmond in December 1863. Children : 

Edward M., b. June 7, 1841, d. Sept. 30, 1847. 
Wesley B., b. May 11, 1843, d. Dec. i, 1863. 
Francis E., b. June 2, 1845. d. Sept. 18, 1847. 
Luther P., b. Apr. 13, 1847. 


Ellen M., b. May 19, 1853. 

Francis M., b. Aug. 27, 1856. 

Clara L., b. Mar. 19, 1858, d. May 19, 1863. 


John Jepson purchased the Samuel Wilson farm near the 
"New Mill" in 1791. He was a shoemaker and followed his 
trade here. The farm has long since been abandoned. He had 
a wife Mary. Child: 

John, b. Nov. 22, 1791. 


I. Comfort H. Johnson, m. Susan. Mr. Johnson lived in 
Dover for ten or twelve years but the house in which he lived is 
unknown. Children : 

Loring, b. Aug. 5, 1812. 

Hannah, b. Dec. 16, 1814. 

Benj. F., b. Apr. 12, 1817. 

Ursula A., b. Apr. 30, 1820. 

John Q. A., b. Nov. 15, 1822, d. Dec. 4, 1822. 

Geo. Washington, b. Nov. 15, 1822. 


I. John^ Jones (John^, Josiah-, Lewis^), b. Oct. 30, 1716, m. 
Feb. 23, 1742-3 Hannah, dau. David and Sarah (Dyer) Morse of 
Sherborn, b. Feb. 18, 1720-1, d. April 13, 1754, m. 2ndly, Oct. 31, 
1754, Tabitha, dau. Nathaniel and Tabitha (Morse) Battelle, 
b. June 25, 1731. d. Nov. 8, 1800. He d. Feb. 2, 1801. At the 
time of the organization of the Springfield Parish, Mr. Jones was 
the most prominent resident of the territory. He was bom in 
Weston, and was descended in the fourth generation from Lewis 
Jones, who came to this country about 1640 and settled in Rox- 
bury where he and his wife Anna were members of John Eliot's 
church. Later they moved to Watertown. Mr. Jones settled in 
Dover in 1740 on the promontory and peninsular which formed 
the extensive estate of the late Benjamin P. Cheney. He was a 


successful school teacher, a colonel in the militia, a deacon in 
the Natick church, and a civil engineer, whose services were in 
great demand. In 1762-3, under a commission issued by the 
royal governor of Massachusetts, he made the first survey of Mt. 
Desert Island. 

He was a "Justice of the Court of General Sessions of the 
Peace of Suffolk County" under the colonial government, and 
was also a justice of the peace under the state. He was pro- 
prietor's clerk of Natick, and a guardian of the Natick Indians. 
When Norfolk County was organized, in 1793, he was president 
of the Court of General Sessions. Mr. Jones was chairman of 
the first board of selectmen in Dover, also the first town or dis- 
trict clerk. Children : 

John, Jr., b. Feb. 4. 1743-4. d. July 4. 1776. res. Princeton. 
Mehitable, b. Nov. 24, 1745, m. June 21. 1768, Samuel Cook, 

Hannah, b. July 20, 1748, m. July 4, 1771, Enoch Brooks. 
Dan, b. Feb. 28, 1 750-1, d. Oct. 9, 1752. 
Amos, b. Nov. 29, 1753, d. Nov. 19, 1776, res. Princeton. 
Tabitha. b. Sept. 13, 1755. m. Ephraim Dana, Natick. 
Silence, b. Aug. 2, 1758, m. Moses Sawin, Natick. 
(2) Adam, b. June 25, 1760. 

Caroline, b. Aug. 9, 1764, m. John Leland, Sherborn. 

Mary. b. Aug. 24, 1774, m. Mar. 9, 1795, Elijah Perry, Natick. 

2. Adam^ (John^, John'^, Josiah^, Lewis^), b. June 25, 1760, 
m. Dec. 28, 1786, Elizabeth, dau. Thomas and Mehitable (Fisher) 
Ellis of Dedham, m. 2ndly, Feb. 10, 1792, Rebecca Baxter of 
Princeton, who died Aug. 10. 1830. He died July 20, 1825. Mr. 
Jones lived on the homestead on Dover street which he later 
sold and moved to Princeton. Children : 

Betsey, b. Feb. 8, 1794, d. Mar. 10, 1794. 
Mary, b. July 10, 1795, d. Aug. 25, 1877. 
Baxter, b. Nov. 24, 1799, d. Oct. 19. 1800. 
Louisa, b. Dec. 8, 1800, d. July, 186S. 
John, b. Nov. 5. 1892, d. July 13, 1850. 
Lucinda, d. Jan. 15. 1878. 

3. Samuel-'^ (Nathaniel^, Alden^, Anthony^, John^), b. Jan. 
2, 1777, m. Mary Walker of Marlboro, m. 2ndly, May 21, 1834, 


Lurana, dau. Levi and Lurana (Morse) Sawin, b. April lo, I799- 
Mr. Jones was b. in Hopkinton but was for many years a resi- 
dent of Natick where he had seven or eight children born to him, 
all of whom are said to have died comparatively young, except 
Hiram \V. Samuel Jones married a second wife in Dover, and 
took up his residence here having purchased the farm on Pine 
street owned by the late George McKenzie. He was descended 
from Col. John Jones of Hopkinton, the emigrant, who accord- 
ing to tradition, came from Scotland. Col. Jones was in the 
French and Indian War. Samuel Jones was descended in the 
seventh generation from John and Priscilla Alden of the May- 
flower. Child : 

Ann Eliza, b. Feb. ii, 1835, m. Eleazer Bangs, Maiden. 

4. Hiram*^ W. (SamueF', Alden^, Nathaniel^, Anthony-, 
John^), b. Sept. 4, 1807, m. April 4, 1830, Lucy, dau. Reuben 
and Lucy (Battelle) Griggs, b. Dec. 20, 1810, d. April 14, 1897. 
He d. Dec. 2, 1875. Mr. Jones was born in what was known 
as "Little South Natick." He was a carpenter and employed a 
large force of men for his time. He erected many buildings in 
Dover, Sherborn and Natick. While building the Natick Congre- 
gational Church, he fell and sustained injuries which compelled 
him to give up his business. He was town treasurer for many 
years, a fire insurance agent, as well as farmer. He lived on 
Farm street with his father-in-law Reuben Griggs. After giving 
up his farm he resided on Main street where the late Henry R. 
Stevens lived. He later moved with his family to Franklin, where 
he spent his remaining days. Children : 

Eveline E., b. 1831. m. May 20, 1852, John Q. A. Nichols. 
Parthena G., b. Apr. 21, 1834, m. A-tay 15, 1862, C. E. Hammet. Jr. 
Mary M., b. Jan. 27, 1839, d. July, 1854. 
Arabella, b. Dec, 1845, d. Aug., 1847. 
Alice J., b. Sept. 20, 1848. 
Inez L., b. Nov. 10. 1851. 

5. Waldo, b. Oct. 14, 1854, d. Dec. 21, 1862. 

5. Stephen- Sharp Clark Jones (Joseph^). Sept. 26, i8ti, 
m. April 21, 1834, Rebecca, dau. Samuel Belcher and Hannah 


(Mellish) Lyon, b. in Dorchester, Sept. 20, 181 1, d. Sept. 17, 
1900. He d. Jan. 5, 1861. Mr. Jones was born in Brookline, 
where he was postmaster for several years. In 185 1 
his health failed and he moved to Dover, occupying the farm 
owned by the late Henry R. Stevens, on Main street. Children : 

Joseph, b. Aug. 5, 1835, d. May 8, 1877, res. Holbrook. 
Rebecca, b. Mar. 2, 1837, d. Jan. 31, 1841. 
Susan S., b. Mar. 21, 1840, d. Sept. 21, 1841. 
(6) Theodore F., b. July 25. 1842, d. Apr. 20, 1885. 
Rebecca, b. June 27, 1844, d. Aug. 16, 1846. 
Edith, b. Sept. 30, 1853, d. 1853. 

6. Theodore^ F. (Stephen- S. C, Joseph^), b.July 25, 1842, 
m. Sept. 25, 1872, Helen M., dau. Theodore and Caroline (Bab- 
cock) Dunn., b. May 9, 1850. He d. April 20, 1885. Mr. Jones 
was for many years in business in China where one of his chil- 
dren, Charles Lyon, was born. He returned to Dover with his 
family in 1884 and purchased the Ann Harding farm on Main 
street where he died a few months later. Children : 

Amy C, b. Jan. 10, 1874, m. Sept. 14, 1903, William Levis. 

Robert Sharp, b. Oct. 14, 1875, m. Greensburg, Pa., Mar. 21, 1905, 

Elinor Eicher. 
Chas. Lyon, b. Dec. 17, 1877, m. Greensburg, Pa., Oct. 17, 1906, Olive 

May Glunt. 
Theodore Francis b. Dec. 5, 1885, Prof, University New York. 


I. Richard^ Kenrick (Calebs Caleb*, Caleb^, John2, Johni), 
son of Caleb and Elizabeth (Richards) Kenrick. was b. March 
2, 1800, m. Oct. 3, 1824, Sylvia, dau. of John and Abigail (Pratt) 
Burrage, b. Jan. 9, 1794, d. in 1867. He died in February, 1881. 
Mr. Kenrick with his brothers, Caleb and John, settled in Dover. 
They were born in Newton and were descended from John 
Kenrick who is said to have been bom in York, England, in 1605. 
He was Boston as early as 1639 and took the freeman's oath 
in 1640. He owned a wharf, on the east side of the town dock, 
which he sold in 1652. In 1658 he bought a farm of 250 acres 


on Charles river, within the Hmits of Boston. His house stood 
near a bridge crossing Charles river, which was later named 
"Kenrick Bridge." Some of his descendants settled in Newton 
and it is from this branch that the Dover family is descended. 
Mr. Kenrick was a school teacher and taught school in Newton, 
and Dover. He came to this town with his family in 1852, to 
care for his mother-in-law, Mrs. Burrage, who lived to the 
advanced age of 95 years. Mr. Kenrick engaged in a small 
way in agricultural pursuits and was the first station agent of 
the Air Line Railroad. We note the changed condition since 
Mr. Kenrick's time when, on the P^ourth of July the railroad 
ran extra trains to carry the people to the city. Now on all 
holidays the train service is curtailed and travel to the city has 
largely ceased. With the increase in holidays it is interesting 
to remember that as late as the middle of the last century only 
two holidays were generally observed. Fast Day and Thanks- 
giving. Mr. Kenrick held the position of station agent for 
several years and was succeeded by Isaac Henry Howe. After 
the death of his wife in 1867, Mr. Kenrick went to live with his 
daughter in Canton, where he died in 1882. Children : 

Susannah C, b. Feb. 26, 1826, d. May 11, 1886. 

Julia A., b. Nov. 9, 1827, d. June 22, 1887. 

Elizabeth R., b. Dec. 23, 1829, d. Dec. 22. 1896. 

Ellen, b. June 2"/, 1832, m. Feb. 2, 1865, A. E. Tucker. Canton. 

2. Caleb^ (Caleb-'', Caleb^, Caleb'"^, John-, Johni), b. March 3, 
1808. m. June 30, 1859, Mrs. Mary A. (Welch) McClure, b. 
June 2, 1835, d. July 22, 1908. He d. Dec. 3, 1877. Mr. Ken- 
rick was a stone mason and followed his trade, in addition to 
the work on his little farm on Glen street. He did some excel- 
lent stone masonry in Doyer and vicinity, which stands as a 
monument to his skill as a workman. Child : 

Elizabeth, b. Apr. 8, i860, d. Feb. 17. 1863. 

3. John^ (Calebs Caleb^ Caleb-^ John-, Johni). b. Feb. 28, 
1817, m. Oct. i,'i84i, Abigail, dau. James Munroe and Rebecca 


(Twiss) Ingalls, b. July 27, 1820, d. July i, 1888. He died June 
2, 1892, Mr. Kenrick purchased the Seth Mason place on 
Farm street and devoted much attention to fruit culture. His 
apple orchard was for many years one of the largest in Nor- 
folk County and has been an object of great interest. It is an 
interesting fact that the first nursery of note in the New England 
Colonies was established, in 1790, by John Kenrick of Newton, 
when he set out five orchards of fruit trees. In 1791 he planted 
two acres of Lombardy poplars, a favorite tree with our ances- 
tors. Now that even tropical fruit is plentiful all the year, it is 
interesting to note that in Mr. Kenrick's day oranges entirely 
disappeared by the middle of May and were not seen again in 
the market until midwinter. Figs sold for four cents a pound a 
half century ago and many farmers bought them by the drum for 
their families. Mr. Kenrick built new buildings and made his 
farm one of the most attractive in town. He was a blacksmith 
by trade and for many years followed this occupation in the win- 
ter season. He was a man of the strictest piety and a devout 
member and deacon in the Baptist Church. He was averse to 
holding public office, but was in favor of town improvements. 
He was very much interested in the Grange, and while its ma- 
terial benefits appealed to him, yet he was not in favor of mak- 
ing it a self-centered work. He liked to dwell upon the Grange 
principles, especially the following, which appealed to his sym- 
pathies and reason : To develop a better and higher manhood and 
womanhood among ourselves. To enhance the comforts and at- 
tractions of our homes, and strengthen our attachments to our 
pursuits. To foster mutual understanding and co-operation. To 
maintain inviolate Our laws, and to emulate each other in labor 
to hasten the good time coming. To reduce our expenses, both 
individual and corporate. To buy less and produce more, in 
order to make our farms self-sustaining. To diversify our 
crops, and crop no more than we can cultivate. To condense 
the weight of our exports, selling less in the bushel and more 
on hoof and in fleece; less in lint and more in warp and woof. 


To systematize our work, and calculate intelligently on prob- 
abilities. To discountenance the credit system, the mortgage 
system, and every other system tending to prodigality and bank- 
ruptcy. Children : 

Caroline R., b. Nov. 30, 1842. d. Sept. 6, 1847. 
Althea, b. Mar. 2, 1845, d. Mar. 31. 1893. 
Mary C, b. Sept. 4. 1848. d. May 8, 1891. 
Luella G., b. July 19, 1854, d. Dec. 7, 1875. 

Abbie A., b. Mar. 8. 1857, m. Ephraim Childs, Cumberland, Me. 
Theodosa, b. June 23, i860, d. Mar. 8, 1863. 
(4) Benjamin, b. Apr. 25, 1850. 

4. Benjamin"^ (John^, Caleb'^, Caleb^ Caleb^, John^ John^). 
b. Apr. 25, 1850, m. Feb. 9, 1874, Evangeline St. Clare, dau. 
Henry and Mary (Harrison) Archer; m. 2ndly, June 30, 1880, 
Charlotte V., dau. Samuel and Sarah Dean (French) Scammon : 
m. 3rd, Sept. 9, 1893, Mrs. Margaret M. (Clark) Webster. 
Mr. Kenrick occupied his fathers farm for some years, but later 
sold it to Philip Gardner. Child : 

Emma May, b. June r6, 1876, d. Nov. 2, 1893. 

Note — Oliver- Kenrick (Elijah) served in the Springfield Parish Company of 
Minute Men at the Lexington Alarm, Apr. 19, 1775. His intention of marriage with 
Elizabeth, dau. James and Sybil (Littlefield) Cheney was published Oct. 21, i775- 
He was then of Warwick. In 1760 his parents, Elijah and Ruth Kendrick, were 
warned out of Needham. 


Ezra Keyes, m. Apr. 4, 1830, Elizabeth P., dau. of Richard 
and Joanna Colburn. Mrs. Keyes was a sister of Warren Col- 
burn, the author of Colburn's Arithmetics which did so much 
to improve the methods of teaching in public schools. Mrs. 
Keyes' father was for .some time a resident of Dover and worked 
as he had opportunity for farmers. Mr. Keyes was a blacksmith 
and came here from \\'indsor Locks, Conn. In 1830 he built 
the house on Willow street now owned by Mrs. Davidson. He 
moved from this town to Walpole. Children : 

Joanna Eaton, b. Feb. 28, 1831. 
Nancy Colburn, b. June 2. 1833. 
Warren Colburn, b. Apr. 4, 1835. 


Hannah Elizabeth, b. June 12, 1837. 
Abby F., bpt. Sept. 3, 1843. 
George, bpt. Jan. i, 1846. 
Alvin Leonard, b. June 16, 1849. 


William King, m. Anna and was an early settler on 

Powisset street, in the vicinity of what was called "Egypt." 
This name was given to the place on account of the surround- 
ing hills and forests which made the place very dark.''' He was 
a blacksmith and had a shop in connection with his farm. He 
had a secret process for tempering steel, and Partridge, the 
manufacturer of the celebrated "Partridge forks," is said to 
have gotten his secret from him. The story is told of a neigh- 
bor who took some work to him with the intention of seeing 
hoWi the thing was done. He watched the process for a time, 
when he was suddenly asked to fetch a pail of water, when he 
returned the job was done. Children : 

Mary, b. May 19, 1764, m. Apr. 24, 1793, Joseph Spear. 
Anna, b. May 8, 1765. 
William, b. Aug. 4, 1768. 
David, b. Oct. 21, 1778. 

*One finds in the town records references to such places as the "Ohio pasture," a 
name given to the place because it was so difficult to reach. These names were 
given in the years when the West was being settled. 


Jesse Knapp was a prominent citizen of the Springfield Par- 
ish during the first year of the Revolutionary War. He was a 
sergeant in Capt. Ebenezer Battle's company, at the Lexington 
Alarm, and is said to have been of great assistance to Capt. 
Battle. At one time he held the command of the company. He 
was a blacksmith and had his shop on Springdale park. He 
lived on the Skimmings' place on Main street, which he sold to 
Silas Bacon in 1791, and moved from town. Children: 

Rhoda, b. Oct. 9, 1761. 
Javan, b. May i. 1764. 


Nahum, b. July 21, 1766. 
Sally, b. Dec. 23, 1768. 
Joash, b. Mar. 6, 1771. 


1. Josiah^ Knowlton (William^ Daniel^), b. 1770, m. Oct. 
13. ^797. Meriam, dau. John and Abigail (Cheney) Draper, b. 
1776. d. Feb. 21, 1809. He d. Aug. 6, 1829. A-Iembers of the 
Knowlton family settled in Dover more than a century ago. In 
1 8 19 Josiah Knowlton bought the Josiah Hammond place on 
Center street, which he later sold to his brother Charles, who 
owned it until 1831. Children: 

(2) Alvan, b. Dec. 22, 1797. 

William, b , m. Sarah Farnum and settled in Salem. 

Charles b. , m. Adaline Wctherell and settled in Waltham. 

2. x\lvan^ (Josiah^, William-, DanieP), b. Dec. 22, 1797, m. 
Sept. 8, 1822, Lucy, dau. Samuel and Olive (Rice) Perry, b. 
Nov. 10, 1803, d. Oct. 20, 1868. He d. Aug. 7. 1867. Mr. 
Knowlton was a cordwainer by trade. He purchased the Rog- 
ers fann on Pleasant street in 1821 and continued to live there 
until 1831, when he moved to Waltham. Children: 

Lucy P.. b. Apr. 11, 1823, m. Nov. 24. 1842. Henry Morse, Wellesley. 
William W., b. June 27, 1827, m. Martha E. Darragh, res. Natick. 
Charles R.. b. June 3. 1829, d. July 29. 1893, in Natick. 
Abigail M., b. Oct. 15, 1833. m. Charles O. Bartlett. 
Ann K.. b. Sept.. 1835, d. Oct., 1836, in Wellesley. 
Margaret A., b. Oct. 10. 1836, m. Apr. 24, 1853, Cyrus J. Littlefield. 
"George A., b. Oct. 13. 1839, m. Hannah Olmstead. res. Natick. 


I. Thomas* Larrabee (Thomas-^, Thomas-, EphraimM, b. 
Aug. 15, 1752, m. Jiune, 1778, Bathsheba Morse of Dedham, b. 
June 24, 1753, d. Nov. 10, 1843. He died July 10, 1832. Mr. 
Larrabee was descended from Ephraim Larrabee, who was of 
Charlestown in 1717 and later at Stoneham (1729). His father, 
Thomas T>arrabee, lived at Wobum, and was in the French and 


Indian War. Mr. Larrabee was the most prominent private of 
the Springfield Parish in the Revolution. In his early manhood 
he was in the employ of Jabez Baker, who also served in the 
Revolutionary War, and in preparing to enter the service took 
a grist of grain to mill for Mr. Baker, that the family might 
not be without meal in their absence. To illustrate how all con- 
tributed toward the success of the Revolution, it is still repeated 
around Dover firesides that the miller took no toll for the grist 
because he wanted to contribute his mite toward the success of 
the Revolution. Mr. Larrabee was one of General Washing- 
ton's Life Guards and rendered an important Revolutionary ser- 
vice. He was a man of large stature and strong personality, and 
for many years entertained the young men as they gathered 
around the bar-room of the William's Tavern with stories of 
the war. Mr. Larrabee used to tell the amusing story* of the 
Irishman, who, at Trenton, captured five Hessians and brought 
them into camp. On being asked by Washington how he ac- 
complished such a feat, he replied, 'T surrounded them, sir." 
While stationed at Valley Forge there was a Tory near by who 
had a large quantity of turnips which he refused the American 
Army. On one occasion he was discovered carting a load to the 
British Army, whereupon the Americans took possession of the 
turnips and compelled him to do some shoveling; while thus 
engaged the soldiers tantalized him with the exclamation, "O, 
how good those turnips taste." During the seige of Boston 
British officers were very overbearing. The story is told of an 
officer who entered a barber's shop and demanded a shave. Lay- 
ing his sword on the barber's table, he told him that if he drew 
a drop of blood on his face it would cost him his life. The bar- 
ber invited him to sit right down and take his shave. After the 
work was finished the officer said, "How did you dare to shave 
me under the conditions?" "Well," said the barber, "if I had 
drawn a drop of blood on your face I should have cut your 
throat from ear to ear." Then the officer realized the danger 

*There are those still living who recall these stories as told by his son, Joseph 


to which he had exposed himself. Mr. Larrabee learned to 
cobble shoes, and during the winter months, it is said, repaired 
the boots of Army officers at Valley Forge. 

The Larrabee estate was located in the easterly part of the 
town on Strawberry hill, but some distance from the highway. 
He originally selected a site still farther south and dug a cellar 
preparatory to building, but visiting the premises with his 
fiancee, Miss Morse, she refused to live there, as she saw several 
rattlesnakes in the vicinity. Children: 

Jonathan, b. Sept. 14, 1780, m. 1804, Sally Warren, d. Dec. 20, 

1845, by fall in the barn. 
Thomas, b. July 11, 1784, d. Oct. 25, 179.3. 
Rebecca, b. Oct. 12, 1783, m. Stephen Pettingell. 
(2) Joseph, b. Mar. 31, 1788. 

Hannah, b. July 5. 1791, d. Oct. 12, 1793. 
Josiah, b. Dec. 17. 1778, d. Oct. 15, 1793. 

2. Joseph-^ (Thomas"', Thomas-', Thomas-, Ephraim"'), b. 
Mar. 31, 1788, m. May 7, 1835, Charlotte, dau. Seth and Mary 
Wight) Wight, b. July 16, 1795, d. July 29, 1843, m. 2ndly Dec. 
26, 1847, Mary, dau. of Caleb and Levina (Morse) Wight, 
b. June 17, 1804, d. June 6, 1864. He died July 2-/, 1873. He 
was a man of marked character, a deacon of the First Parish 
Church, a great reader of the Bible and the Farmers' Almanac. 
Being a student of the Bible and living in the age of "proof 
texts," he was well equipped to support his faith in the unity 
of God with Bible texts. He had great contempt for newspa- 
pers, and never read or allowed one to be read in his presence. 
He was a great walker and strenuously refused to ride in a 
railway train. Although he lived for some years in the westerly 
part of the town, and frequently visited Natick, which liad early 
railroad facilities, and although later a railroad came to Dover, 
it is believed that he never rode in a train. He was a man of 
marked piety, and for many years was the sole survivor of the 
ancient custom of standing during the long prayer in the church 
service. He was most thoroughly possessed with the spirit of 
devotion, and when too feeble to attend the church services he 



Shoe Shop once found on Dover farms 

Horse Block or Mounting Stone 


would go out to a high rock in the vicinity of his home and 
worship there during the hour of the morning service. 

Mr. Larrabee originally willed his property to the First Par- 
ish Church, but subsequently gave it to the town for the aid of 
the worthy poor, who had gained a legal residence, thinking it 
would do more good in this way. The little property is in the 
hands of a board of trustees, who annually report to the town. 
The income is to be expended in aid of the poor not already 
wards of the town. Many may be blessed in future years by 
his benefaction. The Old Farmers' Almanac, by Robert B. 
Thomas, was his secular bible. It hung by its loop over the 
mantlepiece in the kitchen. It was daily taken down, faithfully 
consulted and then replaced until its days of authority were 
ended. A writer in the New England Mazagine says : One of 
the most interesting themes in the history of American literature 
is that of the evolution and influence of early almanacs. They 
preceded by more than fifty years newspapers, primers and 
nearly all the secular volumes printed in New England. We 
can scarcely realize the zealous interest and respect given to 
those early almanacs, whose literature, first limited to astronomi- 
cal calculations, was gradually expanded to include astrology, 
geology, history, epigrams, riddles, prose and poetical efforts, 
often apposite and stimulating. Children : 

Joseph, b. 1837, d. Jan. 17, 1842. 

Hannah M.. b. May 27. 1838, d. Jan. 14, 1842. 


Warren- Leeds (Samuel^), b. 181 1, m. 1843, Mary T., dau. 
Samuel and Ruth Porter (Horton) Alden of Milton, b. 181 7, 
d. Mar. 23, 1899. He died Feb. 25, 1889. Mr. Leeds belonged 
to an old Dorchester family. He bought the Geo. D. Hall farm 
on Walpole street in 1858 and lived there until 1870, when he 
sold the place and moved to County street. Children : 

Frances M., b. in Dorchester, m. 1854. Gardiner Adams, Somerville. 
Mary E., b. in Dorchester, m. 1862, Charles Adams, Somerville. 


Joseph W., b. in Dorchester, m. 1869, Henrietta C. Thayer. 
Emma A., b. in Dorchester. 

Theodore A., b. in South Boston, m. 1881, Julia E. Pitcher, Cam- 
den, Me. 
Caroline S., b. in South Boston. 
Charles F., b. in Dover, 1859, m. 1889, Mary A. Cook. 


1. James^ Mann (James^, Petetiah^, Samuel-. William^), b. 
1752, m. Feb. 25, 1775, Lydia, dau. of Daniel and Kezia (Ellis) 
Chickering, b. 1752, d. Sept. 22, 1834. He died Feb. 3, 1824. 
Mr. Mann was the first of the family to settle in Dover. He 
was a son of Capt. James Mann of Natick, who filled various 
town offices and was prominent in the Colonial and Revolution- 
ary Wars. The Mann homstead lay south of the center of the 
town (George C. Taylor place, ofif Walpole street) and was 
originally a part of the Chickering estate. The Dover family 
is descended from William Mann, who settled in Cambridge. 
He is reported to have been born in Kent County. England, 
about 1607, and was the youngest of eleven children. It is said 
of the Mann family in England that it was highly respected 
and was honored on several occasions in successive periods with 
royal favor. Individuals filled important offices under the gov- 
ernment and secured public confidence and esteem by their 
fidelity in the performance of duty. Children : 

(2) Daniel, b. Mar. 23, 1777. 

(3) Simeon b. Mar. 10, 1779. 

Betsey, b. , m. June 10, 1801. Josiah Newell. 

(4) James, b. 

2. Daniel^ (James-'^, James^, Petetialr", Samuel-, William^), 
b. Mar. 23, 177, m. May 20, 1802, Rachel, dau. of Fisher and 
Rachel (Smith) Allen, b. Sept. 20. 1779, d. May 21. i860. He 
died Mar. 4, 1859. Mr. Mann was for many years a master 
builder, having many men in his employ. He did much building 
in Dedham and Needham, as well as Dover. He abandoned his 
trade and for a time was engaged in iron manufacturing. Later 


he devoted his attention to farming. Mr. Mann was one of the 
town's most prominent citizens, a "village referee," to whom was 
referred many cases in dispute, and his judgment was ahvays im- 
plicitly relied upon. He was for more than twenty years a Jus- 
tice of the Peace and held important town offices, having been 
for many years a member of the board of selectmen, assessors 
and overseers of the poor. He did efficient work in gaining 
railroad facilities and was ever ready to give time, effort and 
of his means to promote the best interests of the town. He was 
the first fire insurance agent in Dover, having had from the first 
the agency of the Norfolk Mutual Fire Insurance Company of 
Dedham, which was organized in 1825. Mr. Mann's residence 
was on Dedham street. Children : 

Lydia. b. July 14, 1804, m. May 28. 1823, Rufus Battelle. 

Rachel A., b. Aug. 12, 1807, m. Sept. 7, 1849, Dea. Ralph Battelle, 

Daniel, b. Feb. 4, 1810, d. Aug. 22, 1813. 

Betsey, b. June ,^0, 1813, m. Oct. 14, 1834, Luther Richards. 

Lucy Maria, b. June 18, 1816, m. May 25, 1841, Calvin Richards. 

(5) Daniel Fisher, b. Aug. 17. 1822, m. Apr. 3, 1851, Sarah J. Battelle. 

3. Simeon^ (James-'', James"^, Petetiah"^, Samuel-, William^), 
b. Mar. 10, 1779, m. 1802 Persis, dau. Jonathan and Mary (Le- 
land) Leland, of Sherborn, b. June 6, 1780. His farm was on 
Walpole street. Farmers were resourceful. When the govern- 
ment first issued adhesive stamps they would not stick. It was 
soon found, however, that by wetting the paper instead of the 
stamp it could be made to stick, and this practice is still kept up 
by some elderly persons and those who would avoid the microbes 
held on exposed postage stamps. Children : 

(6) Willard, b. 

(7) Leland, b. July 11, 1805. 

(8) Ellis, b. Mar. 4. 1808. 

4. James^ (James"', James"^, Petetiah^, Samuel-, William^), 
b. July 10, 1785, m. Nov. 28, 1805, Clarissa, dau. Seth and Mary 
(Wight) Wight, b. Nov. 3, 1785, d. July 21, 1859; lived on 


Main street where the late Elbridge L. Mann lived. He died 
Apr. 23, 1861. Children: 

James, b. Apr. 8, 1806, d. Mar. 11, 1850, res. New York City. 
Lorenzo, b. Mar. 13, 1809, d. Apr. 13, 1850, res. New York City. 
Clara, b. Sept. 9, 181 1, d. Nov. 28, 1S80. 
(9) Daniel, b. Apr. 12, 1814, d. Oct. 13, 1878 

Moses, b. Oct. 26, 1816, d. Oct. 19, 1881, res. New York City. 

Lucretia, b. Feb. 15, 1819, m. 1844. Rufus Campbell. 

Austin Gilbert, b. Apr. 21, 1823, d. Jan. 2^, 1844. 

Charlotte Augusta, b. July 29, 1825, m. 1846, Hollis Mann. 

5. DanieF Fisher (Daniel^, James-'*, James^, Petetiah^, Sam- 
ueF, William^), b. Aug. 17, 1882, m. Apr. 3, 1850, Sarah Jane, 
dan. William and Sarah (Brooks) Battelle of Prov- 
idence, b. Dec. 25, 1827, d. June 15, 1867; m. 2ndly Nov. 
28, 1871, Mary W., dau. Calvin and Caroline (Burrage) Bar- 
den, b. Dec. 27, 1830, d. Nov. 19, 1894. Mr. Mann lived for 
many years on the farm at the foot of Strawberry hill street, 
but later moved to Needham. Children : 

Ida Jane, b. May 19. 1852, m. Oct. 11, 1876, Henry L. Grover. 
Isabelle Battelle, b. July 20, 1859, m. Jan. 26, 1887, Albert M. Miller, 
M.D., Needham. 

6. Willard'^ (Simeon^, James^, James^, Petetiah-". Samuel-, 
William^), b. Apr. 7, 1803, m. Dec, 14, 1826, Abigail, dau. Josiah 
and Kazia (Knowlton) Draper, b. Mar. 28, 1802, d. May 23, 
1875. Built the house on Farm street owned by the late Asa 
Talbot. He died 1840; after his death Mrs. Mann sold the farm 
and built at the centre of the town ; she willed her property to 
the Evangelical Congregational Society, and her house was made 
a part of the parsonage in 1872. Children : 

Willard Draper, b. July 23, 1829, d. Mar. 20, 1844. 
Persis Ann, b. Apr. 18, 1831, d. July 13. 1850. 
Abigail, b. July 2"], 1833, d- Feb. 14, 1835. 
Albion Francis, b. July 5, 1837, d. Feb. 5, 1852. 

7. Leland^ (Simeon'', James^, James-'', James"*, Petetiah^, 
SamueF, William^), b. July 11, 1805, m. 1829 Sarepta Bur- 
bank of Raynham, b. 1810, d. Dec. 8, 1848. He owned the Bart- 


lett farm on Farm street, where he died Nov. 17, 1843, leaving 
no issue. 

8. EUis" (Simeon^, James^, James*, Petetiah^, Samuel^, Wil- 
liam^), b. Mar. 4, 1808, m. Oct. 14, 1823, Betsey, dau. Caleb 
and Levina (Morse) Wight, b. Sept. 8, 1808, d. Aug. 9, 1870. 
He died Aug. 23. 1873. Mr. Mann lived for a time on the Mann 
homestead, then bought the farm on Main street where his son, 
the late Elbridge L. Mann, lived. Children: 

Mary L., b. May 20, 1831, m. Alfred Cutler, Holliston. 

(10) Elbridge L., b. May 14, 1834. 

George H., b. Aug. 7. 1840, res. Maiden. 

9. Daniel' (James^, James*'', James*, Petetiah^, Samuel-, 
William*), b. Apr. 12, 1814, m. Apr. 17, 1838, Mary P., dau. 
Joseph and Eunice (Felch) Corliss of Natick, b. Nov. 18, 1820, 
d. May 12, 1903. He was a carpenter by trade and lived on 
Main street. The incessant toil of farm life was sometimes 
broken by the "fish fry" when the people of a neighborhood 
gathered on the banks of Charles River. The men and boys 
caught and dressed the fish which the women fried to "a turn" 
in their frying pans and served to the company with an abun- 
dance of other good things with which they had come laden. 
Such occasions are still recalled by elderly people. Children: 

Sarah A., b. Oct. 12, 1838, m. Sept. 10, 1855, Henry J. Hanks. 

res. Medfield. 
Mary E., b. Apr. 14, 1843, m. George A. Blake, res. Wellesley. 

(11) James G., b. Jan. 30, 1846. 

Susan A., b. Jan. 23, 1849, m. Chas. N. Pierce. 

Charlotte L., b. Nov. 23, 1850. 

Eliza J., b. Nov. 15, 1852, m. Augustine Varney. 

William H., b. Oct. 23, 1854, m. Cassandra Farren, res. Medfield. 

Moses, b. Apr. 9 1857, d. young. 

Carrie F., b. Nov. 15, i860, m. Orrison E. Coleman. 

Joseph D., b. Jan. 23, 1865. Went to Alaska. 

10. Elbridge^ L. (Ellis", Simeon^, James-"*, James*, Petetialr, 
Samuel^, William*), b. May 14, 1834, m. Nov. 2y, 1864, Adeline 
B., dau. Lewis and Maria (Holbrook) Goulding, b. Dec. 23, 
1843, d. July 31, 1886. He d. Mar. 2 1814. 


Mr. Mann played the violin and in his younger days on long 
winter evenings played in neighbors' homes to the great delight of 
the children. He was much interested in local history and com- 
municated interesting facts as late as 1912, which have enriched 
these pages. Children : 

Lillian Jane, b. May 31, 1866. 

Maurice Walton, b. Jan. 19, 1869. 

George Ellis, b. Nov. 25, 1870. 

Elsie Maria, b. Oct. 10, 1872. d. Jan. 26, 1896. 

Sara Alice, b. July 13, 1874, d. Nov. 4, 1898. 

II. James^'^ G. (DanieF, James*"', James'', James'*, Petetiah^, 
Samuel-, William^), b. Jan. 30, 1846, m. Jan., 1866, Lydia Ann, 
dau. Miles and Elizabeth Jones, b. Sept. 3, 1845, d. May 10, 
1871 ; m. 2ndly Luella Barrows, m. 3rdly, July 4, 1885, Mrs. Mary 
Boundford, dau. John and Catherine Rosendon. Children : 

Alice L., b. Sept. 5, 1867. 

Nellie, b. Sept. 4, 1870, d. Aug. 4, 1871. 

Addie E., b. Aug. 13, 1868, d. 1872. 

James R. D.. b. Mar. 24, 1883, d. Apr. 30. 1901. 


I. Jeremiah Marden, b. Apr. 10, 1796, m. Apr. 25, 1819, 
Mary L.. dau. David O. and Sally (Blake) Bodge, b. 1799, d. 
May 26, 1886. He died Jan. 20, 1852. Mr. Marden was born 
in Newton. He settled on Willow street, Charles River. He 
was a stone mason and did much work in Needham and West 
Roxbury. The fine stone wall which for so many years sur- 
rounded the Bussey farm will be recalled by many ; these walls 
were built by Mr. Marden. In later life he was seriously in- 
jured by the premature discharge of a blast in a well which he 
was building. When he could no longer work at his trade he 
kept a little variety store in his house. Mrs. Marden is remem- 
bered as a woman deeply interested in all public afifairs. She 
survived her husband many years and spent much time during 
the latter years of her life in making silk bed quilts, which she 
presented to friends and the poor who needed them. Mrs. Mar- 


den was a constant attendant at the First Parish Church and 
kept up the custom until about 1880 of using during the winter 
the "foot stove" in the church service. Children: 

(2) Charles, b. Mar. i, 1821. 

Ellis, b. Jan. 8, 1823, m. Dec. 25, 1845, Mary P. Webster. 

2. Charles-' (Jeremiahi), b. Mar. i, 1821, m. Oct. 12, 1843, 

Emily J., dau. and Lois (Proctor) Haynes. He built a 

house on Willow street in 1850. He was a carpenter and moved 
with his family to Dedham in 1856. He went to California in 
1849. -^t that time there was a big rush for the gold fields 
and some Dover men, with families, were left behind because 
they could not get passage. Children : 

Charles E., b. Dec. 3, 1844, d. Aug. 12, 1845. 
Charles P., b. Nov. 30, 1847, d. Sept. 17, 1849. 
H. Everett, b. Aug. 11, 1851, m. Ada M. Bean, res. Dedham. 


I. John- Mason (Johni), b. Aug. 6, 1651, m. EHzabeth . 

He died Apr. 9, 17 14. Although not as numerous as some, the 
Mason family is yet one of the oldest in town. Seth and Jona- 
than were assessed a poll tax in the first assessment in the parish 
in 1732, and their father, perhaps, lived here. They were de- 
scended from John Mason, who married in Dedham, in 165 1, 
Mary Eaton. The original Mason place was on Farm street 
and is now owned by Philip Gardner. Children: 

John, b. Sept. 20, 1695. 
Elizabeth, b. Sept. 22, 1697. 

(2) Seth, b. Feb. 19, 1701. 
Abigail, b. Apr. 18, 1703. 

(3) Jonathan, b. May 27, 1705. 
Hannah, b. May i, 1710. 
Noah. b. Oct. 14, 1712. 

2. Seth^ (John^, John^), b. Feb. 19, 1701, m. June 27, 1734, 
Rebecca Andrews. Mr. Mason lived on the original homestead 
on Farm street. His son Moses lived on the same street with 


his father for a time, and owned the Charles F. Lyman place. 
He made the farm through the purchase of several pieces of 
land. He moved from town in 1783. Children: 

Seth, b. Apr. 2, 1735, d. Mar. 8. 1747. 

(4) John, b. Aug. 23, 1737, d. Oct. 19, 1805. 
Judith, b. Sept. 15, 1740. 

Rebecca, b. Sept. 19, 1742, m. Eleazer Allen. 

Phebe. b. June 2, 1745. 

Mehitable, b. June 9, 1747, m. Asa Mason, Jr., Medfield. 

(5) Seth, b. July 12, 1749. 
Moses, b. Mar. 11, 1752. 
Simeon, b. Mar. 25, 1754. 

3. Jonathan^ (John-, John^), b. May 27, 1705, m. May 13. 
1730, Hepzibas Morse. Mr. Mason lived in the west part of 
Dover at the extreme end of Wight street on the left. He sold 
his little farm to Seth Wight in 1747 and moved from town. 
This land is now included in the Arthur E. Davis farm; the 
house was abandoned many years ago. Children : 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 6, 1730-1. 
Mary, b. Sept. 12, 1732. 
Hepzibah, b. Sept. 29, 1734. 

4. John^ (Seth^, John-, John^), b. Aug. 23, 1737, m. Nov. 
19, 1789, Margery, dau. Zeckariah and Sarah (Rich) Mason of 
Medfield, b. 1744, d. 1813. He died Oct. 19, 1805. Mr. Mason 
lived on the homestead and willed his farm to his brothers 
Simeon and Seth. having no issue. 

5. Seth-* (Seth^. John^, John^), b. July 12, 1749, m. May 26, 
1803, Mary Robbins, d. 1833, m. 2ndly 1835, Mrs. Betsey Sted- 
man of Needham, d. 1881. Like other members of his family 
he was a quiet and respected citizen and was but little in public 
life. He was the last survivor of his family in town. He sold 
his farm to John Kenrick and spent the remaining years of his 
life on the Joseph Chickering farm on Haven street. 

6. Asa'* (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer-, Thomas^), b. 1727, m. 1755, 
Beriah, dau. Isaac and Esther (Mann) Fisher of ^^'rentham, b. 
June 20, 1734. He settled on Pine street and owned the farm 


occupied by the late Jonathan Whiting. He was a cooper as 
well as farmer. In 1777 he bought his brother's interest in his 
father's estate in Medfield and in 1785 sold his Dover farm. He 
was killed by a fall in his barn in 1803 and his wife died the 
following year. The custom of greasing one's boots, one of the 
joys not indulged in by modern boys, is well described in the 
following clipping: 

Perhaps you never did any of it. Maybe you came into the 
world in these later days, when few boys even know the feel of 
a leather boot. If so, you have our heartfelt sympathy. A boy 
who has grown to manhood and never worn out several dozen 
pairs of boots has missed half his life. 

With the first nip of winter, father took you down to the 
country store, and you had the fun of "trying on." The wooden 
pegs came up through the soles, and the clerk used to rasp them 
out before you put your foot into them. Do you remember the 
lovely "leathery" smell of 'em ? And how careful you were the 
first few days to keep them clean and nice ? Ah, me ! it was 
only for a day or two. 

When the snow came, and you had finished your fun and done 
your chores, you came in with your feet cold and sometimes 
wet. It was then you got the saucer of tallow from up on the 
shelf and put it on the stove to melt, after which you proceeded 
to give the boots a thorough greasing. In the morning they 
would be fairly soaked with "taller," but it took a lot of pulling 
and hauling, reinforced with strenuous kicks against the wood- 
shed door, before those wrotched boots would go on. And to 
think that boys grow up nowadays and never know the joy of 
•wearing boots ! Children : 

Beriah, b. 1756, d. 1825. 

Ebenezer, b. 1757, d. 1802. 

Abigail, b. 1759. m. 1782, Samuel Fisher. 

Eunice, b. 1762. m. 1785, Samuel Moulton, m. 2ndly. John Adams. 

Esther, b. 1764, m. 1788. Timothy Harding, Medway. 

Asa, b. 1766, m. 1789. Hitty Mason, settled in Barre. 

Sarah, b. 1768, m. 1793, Lemuel Herring. 

Amos, b. 1773, d. 1776 . 


Nathan, b. 1778, d. 1798. 

Kezia, b. 1770, m. 1789, William P. Allen, Medfield, m. 2ndly 1809, 

David Cleveland, Dover, m. jrdly, Nov. 9, 1826, Maj. Gen. Elijah 

Crane, Canton. 


I. John- McClure (Alexander^), b. Ayr, Scotland, Dec. 19, 
1855, m. Dec. 8, 1885, Caroline, dan. Warren and Emeline 
(Goulding) Blackmen, b. Apr. 17, 1864. He d. Feb. 16, 191 1. 
Mr. McClure was a farmer and the first superintendent of 
streets. The roads were much improved under his supervision, 
the town making a large increase in its appropriations for high- 
ways. He occupied the farm of his stepfather, Caleb Kenrick, 
on Glen street. The superintendents of the Baptist Sunday 
school were as follovys : Charles Kerby, John Kenrich, Henry 
Horton, Timothy Bailey, John McClure. Children : 

William, b. Mar. 3, 1887, m. June 22, 1910. Margaret Graham. Chil- 
dren: Esther G., b. Apr. i, 1912, Ethel M., b. Apr. 25, 1915. 

Mary E., b. Sept. 24, 1889, m. June 22, 1910, George R. S. Newcomb. 
Children: George W., b. May 13, 191 1, Dorothy E., b. Feb. i, 1913. 

Edith C. b. May 23, 1892, m. June 22. 1915. Geo. F. Munroe. 


I. Thomas^ McGill (James^), b. in Girvan, Scotland, Mar. 
II, 1828, m. May 20, 1856, Jane, dau. of John and Janet (Wis- 
hart) Smiley, b. Glasgow, Scotland, June 8, 1829. d. Apr. 29, 
1894. He d. Feb. 11, 1885. 

Mrs. McGill's grandfather and two of his sons came to Amer- 
ica and fought on the side of the Colonies in the Revolution. 
Two of the three were killed in battle. Mr. McGill settled in 
Dover about i860, coming here from Lawrence. He first pur- 
chased the Seth Wight farm, to which he added the Caleb 
Wight place later. 

Anna McGill was the first woman (a native of Dover) to 
graduate from college. The ninety-seventh anniversary of the 
birth of Lucy Stone which is being celebrated (1915) shows 


vividly the progress that has been made during the past one hun- 
dred years. 

"When Lucy Stone was born a married woman had scarcely 
more rights under the law than a baby. Her husband had the 
absolute control of her property, her person, her earnings and 
her children. Public opinion forbade women to speak in public. 
Even the few women who wrote were looked upon as unwom- 
anly. Their opportunities for education were scanty. Miss 
Stone's brothers went to college; but when this gifted young 
girl expressed a wish to go, her father, a prosperous farmer, 
asked in all seriousness, Ts the child crazy?' Only a few ill- 
paid occupations were open to women. It took her nine years 
to earn the money to carry her to Oberlin, O. The faculty would 
not let the girls take part in the college debates, and Miss Stone, 
with a few others, organized secretly the first debating society 
ever formed among college girls. She was appointed to write 
an essay for commencement, but was notified that one of the 
professors would have to read it for her, as it would not be 
proper for a woman to read her own essay in public. Rather 
than not read it herself, she declined to write it. She was the 
first Massachusetts woman to take a college degree, graduating 
in 1847. 

"For the next ten years she lectured all up and down the coun- 
try, in behalf of woman's rights. In those days there were no 
suffrage societies. She started out all alone, with no co-opera- 
tion and no backing. Often she put up the posters for her own 
meetings, with a little package of tacks and a stone picked up 
from the street. She was denounced by pulpit and press, ridi- 
culed and pelted. Once a hymn book was hurled at her head 
with stunning force. Once in winter a pane of glass was taken 
out of a window behind her, and she was suddenly deluged with 
ice-cold water through a hose. She put on a shawl and con- 
tinued her lecture. In most of the towns that she visited no 
woman had ever spoken in public before, and curiosity drew im- 
mense audiences. Children : 


(2) James, b. Sept. 16, 1857. 

Martha, b. June 27, 1859, m. Nov. 24, 1897, Frank A. Williams, 

So. Natick. 
Katherine. b. Oct. 26, i860. 
Janet Wishart, b. July 15, 1862, m. Feb. 17, 1900, William G. 

Smith, Needham. 
Anna, b. Feb. 18, 1864, m. July 29, 1893, Albert Pitts Morse, 

Agnes, b. Feb. 4, 1866, m. Apr. 25, 1889, William Diehl, So. 

Margaret, b. Mar. 9, 1868. 
Thomas, b. May 6, 1870, m. Oct. 20, 1900, Nora S. Whitney, 

John A., b. Mar. 17, 1872, m. Oct. 18, 1899, Julia E., dau. Walter 

and Julia (Norton) Clark, res. Wellesley. 

2. James^ (Thomas^, Jamesi), b. in Lawrence, Sept. i5, 
1857, m. June 2, 1898, Nellie, dau. Thomas and Sarah (Blake- 
ley) Valentine of Taunton. He sold the homestead and now 
lives on Main street. Mr. McGill has been a member of the 
board of selectmen, superintendent of streets, and has held other 
positions of trust and of responsibility. Children: 

Hester, b. Oct. 31, 1899. 
James K., b. Jan. 5, 1901. 
Thomas S., b. June 15, 1904. 


1. John- McKenzie (Murdocki), b. Oct. 27, 1830, Pictou, 
N. .S., m. 1852 Christina, dau. of John and Margaret McLeod of 
Pictou, b. Aug. 14, 1828, d. June 19, 1885. Mr. McKenzie was 
a farmer and owned the Josiah Draper place on Center street. 
His children were all born in Truro, N. S. Children : 

(2) Roderick M., b. Mar. 3, 1853. 

Isabel M., b. Nov. 22. 1855, m. 1880, Frank O. Cripps. 

Christina M., b. May 27, 1857, m. 1876, Frank McDonald, N. S. 

Barbara A., b. May 27, 1857, d. Oct., 1865. 

Kathryn, b. June 15, 1859, m. 1885, Edwin A. Brownville. 

E. Elinor, b. Apr. 6. 1862, m. 1889, Thomas McKenzie. 

John A., b. Sept. 18, 1866, m. 1888. L. Ada Burns, res. Newton. 

2. Roderick^, Murdock (John^, Murdock^), b. Mar. 3, 1853, 
m. Jan. 2, 1886, Maude Stiles, dau. William Henry and Wil- 


helmina (Stevens) Wright, b. Sept. 14, 1864. Mr. McKenzie 
purchased land in 1887 and built on Centre street, where he now 
lives. Children : 

Harold L., b. Oct. 30. 1886. 

Kitty M., b. June 27, 1888. 

Archibald E., b. Nov. 24. 1895, d. Aug. 12, 1899. 

Arthur E., b. Nov. 25, 1893, d. July 22, 1894. 

3. George- (Murdocki), b. Mar. 21, 1835, Pictou, N. S., m. 
Oct. 6, 1858, Mary A., dau. of Michael and Mary J. (Elliot) Ma- 
guire, b. May 11, 1839, Pictou, d. Sept. 15, 191 1. He d. 1914. 
Mr. McKenzie was for many years a resident of Dover, and 
owned the Joseph Cheney farm on Pine street. He worked for 
Josiah Whiting for a long time in the years when he was engaged 
in manufacturing hoops for the West India trade. Children : 

Murdock P., b. Jan. 4, i860. 
May J., b. Oct. 11, 1861, d. Apr. 28, 1900. 
John W., b. Oct. 2, 1863, d. May 20, 1904. 
George H., b. June 13 1865, d. June 12, 1882. 
Josiah W., b. Aug. 3, 1867, res. Boston. 


1. Patrick- McNamara (John^), b. County Limerick, Ireland, 
Apr. 20, 1840, m. Nov. 22, 1870, Mary Breagy, b. County South, 
Ireland, Feb. 20, 1844. He d. Dec. 7, 1901. Mr. McNamara's 
father purchased the Capt. Samuel Fisher farm on Walpole 
street and he built on land which was a part of his father's es- 
tate. Children : 

Catherine Theresa, b. June i, 1872, ni. John Colleran, W. Newton, 

John Henry, b. Feb. 5, 1874, m. Mary E. Mahan, res. Allston. 

Margaret Mary, b. March 11, 1876, res. Newtonville. 

Nicholas James, b. Sept. 30, 1877, m. Abbie McGovern, res. Allston. 

Patrick Henry, b. July 21, 1879, m. Helen M. Lovett, res. Cambridge. 

Mary Francis, b. May 12, 1882. 

William Arthur, b. March 15, 1884, m. Hannah Sullivan, res. Allston. 

Elizabeth Cecelia, b. Jan. 13, 1887. 

2. Matthew- (Johni), b. County Limerick, Ireland, Sept. 23, 
1841, m. Aug. 12, 1873, Bridget McGrath, b. County Clair, Ire- 


land, Nov. 30, 1849. He d. Apr. 27, 1896. Mr. McNamara 
bought the Jonathan Upham farm on Springdale avenue, where 
his family was reared. Children: 

Mary Frances, b. May 23, 1874, m. Richard Tenauty, res. VV. Newton. 

John Henry, b. Sept. 23, 1875, d. Aug. 4, 1889. 

Stephen Maurice, b. Nov. 30, 1876, res. West Newton. 

Matthew Charles, b. Sept. 20, 1878, res. Newtonville. 

Daniel Thomas, b. Sept. 7. 1880, d. Sept. 9, 1890. 

George Francis, b. Dec. i, 1881, res. Westwood. 

Katherine Cecelia, b. Feb. 24, 1883. 

Robert Emmet, b. Sept. 12, 1886, res. West Newton. 

Charles James, b. June 20, 188S, d. July 23, 1889. 


Thomas Merrifield (with his wife Mary) was an early settler 
in the Springfield Parish, but the date of his coming, or the exact 
site of his house is unknown. He was one of the petitioners for 
the organization of the Parish in 1748 and was seated in the 
meeting-house with his son Timothy in 1769. Soon after he ap- 
pears as a public charge and it is assumed that he met with an 
accident or had a severe illness. He was living in Dover in 


A reference to his home is made in a mortgage deed given in 
1776 by Aaron Whiting and Theodore Newell to Amos Adams 
on a forty-acre farm and buildings bounded south by the road 
leading to the Springfield meeting-house "excepting and reserv- 
ing I acre upon which Thomas Merrifield's house now stands." 
The house lot of his son Timothy is referred to in a description 
of the dower of Lois Draper made in 1786, "excepting and re- 
serving 12 rods square where the house of Timothy Merrifield 
did stand which is within the said bounds." Both places arc be- 
lieved to have been on Farm street. The town has had a re- 
markably small number of persons who have asked for aid, as 
shown by the records of the town. Those who became a public 
charge, for the most part, either bore the infirmities of age or 
had been incapacitated by the misfortunes or accidents of life. 

The enumeration of supplies furnished the poor in the neces- 


saries of life — wood, sometimes 5 cord lots, milk, rice, beef, salt 
pork, boots, shoes and clothing, shows that they were well sup- 
plied — and the payment of doctor's bills shows that they were 
well cared for. Children : 

Sarah, b. Sept. 27, 1736. 

Timothy, b. Jan. 4, 1739, m. May 22, 1766, Lydia Cheney, m. 2ndly, 

June 10, 1772, Mercy Perry, Sherborn. 
Asaph, b. Jan. 2, 1741, m. Feb. 2, 1764, Abigail Richardson. 
Phebe, b. Aug. 7, 1742, m. Feb. 20, 1766, Seth Ellis, Medway. 
Hannah, b. Sept. 14, 1745, Int. of m. 1768 with John Ranstead. 
Simeon b. Aug. 7, 1747. 
Abraham, b. May 7, 1749. 
Mabel, b. Feb. 2, 1752, m. Oct. 9, 1771, John Wight. 


I. SamueF Metcalf (Samuel^), m. Sybil. He died 1772. Mr. 
Metcalf was a native of Medway and moved here about 1740. 
He was one of the fathers of the Springfield Parish in the truest 
sense of the word. He was watchful of her interests and was 
often called to officiate in prominent ways. He headed the peti- 
tion made in 1748 for the organization of the Parish, and was a 
member of the first board of officers, as well as a member of the 
committee for the building of the meeting-house. He was a 
member of the committee appointed to dignify the seats in the 
new meeting-house and in the evolution of things it is interest- 
ing to note how the "dignified seat'' in time gave way to family 
pews,* which were owned and occupied generation after gener- 
ation by members of the same family. The ownership of pews 
led to an exclusiveness which was not consistent with the "house 
of God" as no one has a right to trespass on private property. 
The pews were furnished with doors which were carefully 
closed when the family was seated. The old-fashioned meeting- 
house had no atmosphere of hospitality, although it must have 
been a pleasant sight to have seen a father and mother with six 
or seven children and perhaps a servant, file into the pew and 

*Pe\vs in the First Parish Church are still owned by individuals. 


remain during the service. Before coming to this town Mr. Met- 
calf was a prominent man in Med way ; represented the town in 
the General Court, and was several times elected to the board of 
selectmen. Children : 

Samuel, bpt. Aug. 22, 1742, settled in Boston. 
(2) Nathan, bpt. Nov. 13. 1743. 

Lois, bpt. Feb. 14, 1747-8, m. Oct. 31, 1775, Jesse Fisher. 

Mary, bpt. July 6, 1746, m. 1767, John Fisher, Jr., Needham. 

Sybil, bpt. Aug. 22, 1742, m. Mr. Mills. 

Amos, bpt. Oct. 29, 1749. 

Mehitable, bpt. Aug. 11, 1751, m. 177-, William Fisher. 

2. Nathan^ (Samuel-, Samuel^), b. in 1744, m, Nov. 21, 
1765, Sarah, dau. Josiah and Hannah (Whiting) Richards, bapt. 
Dec. 2.2, 1745. He d. July 27, 1785, as the result of a wagon ac- 
cident. Mr. Metcalf was engaged a limited time in the Revolu- 
tionary service, being at the Lexington Alarm and at Dorches- 
ter Heights. Children : 

Nathan, b. Mar. 26, 1766. 
John, b. Feb. 24, 1768. 
Calvin, b. Sept. 28, 1772. 
Sally, b. Aug. 26, 1774. 
Ozias, b. Oct. 11, 1781. 
Polly, b. Dec. 23, 1784. 


1. John^ Miller (Lewis^), m. Oct. 22, 1793, Sally Fuller of 
Dedham. He was bom in Milton and first lived in Dedham, 
then in Mendon and later in Dover ; he died in Northboro. 
Miller hill in Dover was named for the family. Children : 

George Lewis, d. in Brazil. 

(2) Aaron, b. • 

John, m. Selenda Smith, res. Worcester. 
Eliza, m. Dec. 25. 1822, Ebenezer N. Pettee, Natick. 
Caroline, m. Mr. Estabrook, res. Dayton, Ohio. 
Abby, m. Mr. Sherman, d. Galveston, Texas. 

2. Aaron^ F. (John-, Lewis^), m. Sept. 6, 1821, Ann, dau. 
Dr. George and Pamela (Martin) Caryl, b. Oct. 22, 1802, d. 


Feb. 8, 1884. He died Aug. 2, 1840. Mr. Miller was a fine 
violinist. Of their children Sarah Messenger had a wonderful 
gift for cutting paper into curious forms. She designed the 
patterns largely in her head, and her cuttings represented many 
interesting and historical subjects. Ellen inherited many of the 
characteristics of her grandfather, the Rev. Benjamin Caryl, 
and had considerable poetic ability. She was a great reader 
and eagerly devoured all the books which came into her hands. 
She was very fond of church attendance and was seldom absent 
from the family pew. Children : 

Sarah Messenger, b. Oct. 8, 1821, d. June 20, 1871. 
George Lewis, b. Feb. 16, 1824, d. Oct. 2},, 1825. 
Ann Eliza, b. June 24. 1826, d. Feb. 6, 1852. 
Henry Joseph, b. Aug. 25, 1829, d. Jan. 6, 1835. 
Ellen, b. Feb. 7, 1836, d. Dec, 1897. 

George Lewis, b. July 28, 1839, rn- Esther Singleton, Aug. 16. 1862, 
d. in the army at Poolesville, Md., Feb. 26, 1863. 


Charles* Morse (David^,. Jedediah^, David^), b. 1784, m. 
Lucy — He d. April 23, 1843. Capt. Charles Morse lived on 
the farm owned by the late B. N. Sawin, having moved here 
from Natick. He was descended from Capt. David Morse who 
was the first white man with John Sawin. to settle in Natick. 
Children : 

Rebecca H., b. Feb. 24, 1812. 

John H. W., b. Aug. 12, 1814. 

Martha B., b. Oct. 18, 1818. 

Nancy, b. Mar. 8, 1820, d. Mar. 25, 1824. 

Alexander H., b. Jan. 26, 1825. 

Adam^ Morse (Adam^), m. Aug. 31, 1826, Anna N. Cheney. 
Child : 

Anna A., b. Oct. 13, 1826. 

Note. — The Morse family appears in the earliest records of the precinct. Few 
members, however, lived here for any length of time. The name often occurs in 
the bounding of property in transfers of real estate. 



Edwin C. Moulton, m. 1868, Emma M. dau. Calvin and Re- 
becca (Cady) Ayres, b. July 20, 1849, d. Apr. 11, 1892. He 
moved to Needham where he now resides. Children : 

Arthur E., b. Feb. i, 1869. 
Frank H., b. Mar. 16, 1870. 
George S., b. Aug., 1871. 


Robert Murdock was a resident of the Parish in 1769, and 
had several children born here by wife, Margaret, but nothing is 
known of him or his family. Children : 

Margaret, b. Apr. 26, 1769. 
Ebenezer, b. Feb. 24, 1771. 
Robert, b. Aug. 31, 1773. 


I. Ebenezer* Newell (Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^), son Josiah 
and Hannah (Fisher) Newell, was b. Jan. 4, 1711-12, m. Oct. 
7, 1735, Elizabeth, dau. John and Abigail Rullard, b. 1710, d. 
March 7, 1751-2, m. 2ndly 1753 Elizabeth, dau. Hezekiah and 
Mary (Draper) Allen, b. Aug. 7, 1731, d. Jan. 8, 1798. He d. 
Oct. 18, 1796. Mr. Newell was an early settler in the Spring- 
field Parish, having purchased the farm of Daniel Boyden on 
Strawberry hill in 1748. He was a cooper as well as farmer. 
He formerly lived in Needham to which place he returned after 
the sale of his farm in 1769. The Dover families are descended 
from Abraham and Frances Newell who sailed from Ipswich, 
England, in the ship Francis in 1634. The Custom House rec- 
ords give the age of Abraham Newell as 50 years and that of 
his wife as 40 years. They brought with them six children, one 
of whom, Jacob, was born on the passage. They settled in 
Roxbury, the year of their landing (1634). Children: 

(2) Ebenezer. b. Oct. 18, 1736. 

Hannah, b. 18, 1740, m. Jan. 5, 1764, Capt. .A.bel Richards. 

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(3) Theodore, b. May 20, 1744. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 22, 1754, m. Apr. 14, 1774, Moses Fuller. 
Susanna, b. July 15, 1755 (Susie in Dedham Records). 
Mehitable, b. Nov. 4. 1757, m. Aug. 19, 1778, Timothy Smith, 

(4) Reuben, b. Jan. 14, 1760. 
Mary, b. Nov. 11, 1762. 

Abigail, b. Nov. 24, 1764, ra. Sept. 16, 1784, Daniel Ware. 
Olive, b. Nov. S. 1766, m. Nov. 8, 1788, Amos Hunting. 
Lois, b. Mar. 31, 1770, m. Jesse Hunting. 
Rebecca, b. Feb. 19, 1773, m. Apr. 21, 1796, Paul Alden. 
Hannah, b. Oct. i, 1776, m. Amasa Brown. 

2. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezei-^, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^), b. Oct. 
18, 1736, m. April 24, 1760, Elizabeth, dau. Caleb and Elizabeth 
(Fisher) Wheaton of Needham, b. April 10, 1739, d. April 
24, 1772, m. 2ndly May 17, 1773, Abigail, dau. Hezekiah and 
Mary (Draper) Allen, m. 3rdly July 13, 1776, Rachel Ames. 
He d. Feb. 25, 1797. Mr. Newell lived in various places in 
town but finally settled at the centre, on the farm now owned 
by Eben Higgins. He kept a tavern for a time and Parish Meet- 
ings were sometimes adjourned to "Newell's Chambers." He 
was a member of the Dedham board of selectmen for some years, 
commencing his service in 1764. When the town of Dedham in 
1774 passed a vote, forbidding all inhabitants to drink any kind 
of India tea, Mr. Newell was appointed one of a Committee of 
three from the Parish to see that this vote was complied with, 
and to post the names of any who violated this vote. Ebenezer 
Newell was a Lieutenant in the Revolutionary Army. He took 
care of the meeting-house and in 1771 was granted an order by 
the Parish for his care of the meeting-house and sweeping it 
one year, twelve shillings. He must have been a lover of a 
good horse, as in 1780, he sold his horse to the Selectmen for 
use in the Continental Army for £900 (continental money). He 
was a deacon in the First Parish Church and the District clerk. 
Children : 

(5) Jesse, b. Sept. 13, 1762. 

Asa, b. Feb. 25. 1764, m. Dec. 2. 1805, Miriam Wight, res. Natick. 

(6) Ebenezer. b. Apr. 11, 1766. 

George, b. Mar. 20, 1769, d. i860, lived in Needham and Medfield. 


Joseph, b. May 20, 1774. 

Betsey, b. Apr. 21, 1777, m. Edward Colburn. 

Polly, b. Sept. 27, 1778, m. May 12, 1796, Simon Pettee. 

Sally, b. Aug. 27, 1780. 

Calvin, b. July 9, 1782. 

Nabby, b. Aug. 5, 1784. 

Rachel, b. June 25, 1786, m. Nov. 11, 1810, Zachariah Whiting, 

Francestown, N. H. 
Luther, b. July 19, 1788. 
Willard, b. Nov. 5, 1790. 

3. Theodore*^ (Ebenezer^, Josialr"^, Isaac-, Abraham^), b. 
May 20, 1744, m. Oct, 5, 1771, Anna Eames of Dedham, b. Dec. 
25, 1752, d. Shutesbury, Oct. 17, 1833. He d. Nov. 29, 1816. 
Mr. Newell was a farmer and lived on Pine street, where the 
late Jonathan Whiting lived. He was elected the first constable 
and collector of the District of Dover and his first official act 
as constable was to warn a negro to depart from the District 
who had been taken into the family of James Draper. In 1804 
Mr. Newell moved with his family to Enfield. Children : 

Theodore, b. Dec. 16. 1771, m. Apr. 22, 1794, Joanna Wilkinson, 

res. Enfield. 
Anna, b. Mar. 16, 1773, d. June 20. 1776. 

Aaron, b. Nov. 8, 1774, lived at Eaton, N. Y., d. Aug. 12, 1844. 
(7) Elijah, b. July 23, 1778, d. in Enfield, Dec. 13, 1813. 

Anna, b. Nov. 6, 1783, m. Oliver Paterson, moved to Ohio. 
Hannah, b. June 20, 1785, m. ist, John Paterson, Enfield, m. 

2ndly, Daniel Hamilton of Shutesbury. 
Sophronia, b. May 20. 1791, d. Jan. 10, 1796. 

4. Reuben'^ (Ebenezer^, Josiah"^, Isaac-, Abraham^), b. Jan. 
14, 1760, m. Nov. 1781, Sarah, dau. Ebenezer and Prudence 
(Draper), Battelle, b. July 26, 1760. He moved to Dedham, 
where he went into business in 1801 with Calvin Whitney and 
Abiather Richards, Jr. Children : 

Prudence, b. May 31, 1786. 

Dolly, b. Sept. 18, 1789. 

Reuben, b. Feb. 24, 1792, m. Mar. 23, 1815, Abigail Bacon. 

5. Jesse^ (Ebenezer"', Ebenezer*, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^), 
b. Sept. 13, 1762, m. Jan. 5, 1792, Hitty, dau. Eleazer and Rebecca 


(Mason) Allen, b. Nov. 3, 1773. He d. June 25, 1842. Mr. 
Newell cleared and settled the farm on Centre street which has 
continued in the hands of his descendants until recent years. 
The house where he and his wife commenced housekeeping, 
although now used for a carriage-house, is in excellent state 
of preservation. Mr. Newell added to farming the occupation 
of a weaver and for many years the sound of the loom and the 
spinning wheel were heard in his home, and for years after 
when a marriage occurred in the family, the spinning wheel and 
the loom were kept busy for months, in making a stock of bed 
and table linen, and homespun blankets, all of which were made 
in the home for the bride. The homestead occupies a command- 
ing site, and on a fair day the blue outline of Wachusett can be 
seen fifty miles away. The land which constitutes this farm has 
been in the family for six generations. In the early years Mr. 
Newell and his sons walked to church, while the mother rode 
on horseback with one of the girls seated behind on a pillion. 
The "sisters" in this family, in the early years of the century, 
sewed braided straw into bonnets by fitting them to paper 
patterns, instead of shaping them to plaster-paris blocks which 
were later introduced. This work was put into families by 
Rufus Mason, who took the work from a shop in Wrentham. 
Children : 

Rebecca, b. Oct. 18, 1792, d. Aug. 16, 1827. 

Charles, b. May 7, 1794, d. Oct., 1872, settled in Medfield. 

Hitty, b. Oct. 7, 1795, m. Sherman Battelle, d. July 4, 1842. 

(8) Jesse, b. Aug. 13, 1797. 

Amy, b. May 19, 1799, d. July 13, 1827. 
Dolly, b. Oct. 19, 1801, d. May 8, 1824. 

(9) John A., b. June 29, 1803. 

Betsey, b. Jan. 8, 1807, m. Jan. 21, 1836, Obed Allen, d. Nov. 

23, 1883. 
Sarah, b. Jan. 9. 1810, m. Mason Brown, d. Apr. 7, 1843. 

6. Ebenezer*^ (Ebenezer'^, Ebenezer^, Josialr^, Isaac-, Abra- 
hami), b. Apr. 11, 1766, m. Aug. 28, 1792, Anna, dau. Col. 
Daniel and Mehitable (Haven) Whiting, b. Aug. 6, 1770. Mr. 
Newell settled in South Natick and had a large family of chil- 


dren. none, however, are recorded as having been born in Dover. 
He was a remarkable mathematician, the day he was twenty-one 
years old while walking alone, he made a mental calculation of 
the seconds he had then lived and retained and gave without 
difficulty the total. Children : 

Harriet, b. Mar. 31. 1793, m. Apr. 15, 1814, John Heath. 

Frances, b. July 18, 1795. 

Elizabeth W., b. May 5, 1798. 

Nancy W., b. July 11, 1800, m. Rev. William Taylor, Amherst. 

Lucinda, b. May 18, 1892, m. Benj. Felton, Cambridge. 

Ebenezer, b. Jan. 2, 1804. 

William W.. b. Sept. 17, 1807, minister Maverick Cong. Church, East 

Mehitable W., b. July 31, 1812, m. Rev. James R. Davenport. 

7. Elijah^' (Theodore-^, Ebenezer"^, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abra- 
ham^), b. July 2^, 1778, m. Nov. 18, 1802, Priscilla, dau. Enoch 
and Priscilla (Parker) Davenport, b. July 8, 1783, d. June 4, 
1858. He d. Dec. 13, 1813. Mr. Newell removed to Enfield in 
1805. Children: 

Enoch Davenport, b. Dec. 8. 1803, d. Jan. i, 1804. 

Isaac Davenport, b. Aug. 25, 1805. 

William, b. Sept. 18, 1807. 

Priscilla P., b. Sept. 17, 1809. 

Elijah, b. June 17, 181 1. 

Sophronia, b. May 29, 1813. 

8. Jesse^ (Ebenezer'^, Ebenezer^, Josiah^, Isaac-, Abraham^), 
b. Aug. 13, 1797, m. Feb. 23, 1824, Pamela, dau. David and 
Rachel (Allen) Cleveland, b. 1799, d. July 27, 1842, m. 2ndly, 
1843, Mrs. Eydia N. (Turner) Prince of Boston, she m. 3rdly, 
William Bunting, Medfield. He d. Nov. 16, 1879. He was a 
successful farmer and for five years a member of the board of 
selectmen. Children : 

Lucy Maria, b. Jan. 21, 1826, m. James H. Prince. Boston. 

Eleazer A., b. Nov^ 12, 1827, m. Elizabeth Thayer, Elmira, N. Y. 

Jesse Amory, b. May 18, 1830, res. Corning N. Y. 

Anna Rebecca, b. Mar. 31, 1833, m. Hosea Towne, Newton. 

Francis Ebenezer, b. Jan. 27, 1836, m. Sophia Hall, Roxbury 

Denzil M., b. Oct. 25, 1843, res. Needham. 

Emma P., b. May i, 1845, m. George Ricker, Medfield. 

Betty E , b. Oct. 25, 1848, m. Cyrus Bullard, Medfield. 


9. John A." (Jesse^, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Josiah^, Isaac-, 
Abraham!) , b. June 29, 1803, m. Jan. 6, 1833, Caroline, dau. 
Obed and Caroline (Harding) Allen, b. Dec. 14, 1806, d. Aug. 
2, 1885. He d. Sept. 21, 1894. Mr. Newell was a farmer and 
lived on the homestead on Centre street. Mr. Newell, who is 
still remembered, died in his 92nd year and retained all of his 
powers and facilities until near the close of his life. When past 
90 he mowed in the field with his scythe as he had been accus- 
tomed to do for more than three-fourths of a century. He con- 
tinued his interest in public affairs and did not fail to deposit 
the Democratic ticket at the November election up to the close 
of his long life. It was an impressive scene in our American 
life, so prone to change, to witness one who had been for so 
many years identified with one political party. With the slight 
war tax that is now imposed (191 5) in revenue stamps on ex- 
press packages, telegrams, etc., there was at first a mild protest, 
as most people had forgotten that fifty years ago nearl)-^ every 
commodity, with the exception of food, was taxed in the United 
States and the revenue stamp was as familiar as the label or 
trade mark today. Children : 

John A., b. Oct. 28, 1835, m. 1863, Diana E. Willard, res. Medfield. 

Harriet, b. Jan. 3, 1840. 

Sarah, b. Feb. 19, 1843. m. July 24, 1870, Alden Derby. 

William, b. May 9, 1847, d. Aug. 14, 1885. 

Caroline, b. Feb. 3, 1850. 

10. Josiah^ (Josiah''', Josiah^, Josiah^, Isaac^, Abraham^), 
b. Nov. 2^, 1775, m. June 10, 1801, Betsey, dau. James and 
Lydia (Chickering) Mann, b. 1782, d. Aug. 15, 1846. He d. 
Nov. 18, 1859. Mr. Newell was for many years engaged in iron 
manufacturing at Charles River where he lived. He also had 
a grocery store and later added dry and fancy goods. Mr. 
Newell had a hall here where gatherings of all sorts were held. 
We would here record the fact that religious services, with a 
Sunday School, were held here in 1833. The Revs. Richie, San- 
ger, Kendall and Kimball were preachers. How long these 


services continued is not known. A strong temperence wave 
passed over the town in 1833. At a meeting held in Dover, 
forty-one took the pledge. He resided in Dover nearly 50 years 
and was one of the most prominent and respected citizens. He 
was for many years clerk of the First Parish Church of which 
he and Mrs. Newell were consistent members, having united with 
the church under the ministry of the Rev. Benjamin Caryl. 
Children : 

Josiah, b. May 7, 1802, d. June 11, 1803. 
Josiah, b. May 12, 1804, merchant in Boston. 
Samuel, b. Feb. 12, 1806, was in iron business, died in Newton. 
Betsey, b. Apr. 22, 1808, d. Oct. 27, 1809. 
Elizabeth, b. Apr. 3, 1810, m. Frederick Barden. 
Isaac Newton, b. Aug., 1812, d. Sept. 25, 1813. 
Martha, b. May 22, 1815, res. Newton. 
(11) Benjamin, b. Mar. 16. 1818. 

James Montgomery, b. Mar. 14, 1821, merchant in Boston, d. 
1866, on board vessel 19 days out for Italy, and was taken 
back in same vesel and buried in Forest Hills Cemetery. 

II. Benjamin" (Josiah^', Josiah-''*, Josiah^, Josiah^, Isaac-, 
.A.brahami), b. Mar. 16, 1818, m. Sept. 23, 1845, Elizabeth Ann, 
dau. Abraham and Elizabeth (Walton) Pike of Newburyport, 
b. April 13, 1818, d Nov. 15, 1896. He d. May 3, 1896. Mr. 
Newell was a prominent citizen. He engaged in manufacturing. 
In 1867 he sold his estate in Dover and moved to Newton Upper 
Falls, where he spent the remaining years of his life. Children: 

Josiah Benjamin, b. Aug. 9, 1847, m. Nov. 18, 1868, Carrie M., dau. 
William M. and Harriet (Mills) Richards, b. July 28, 1846, d. Aug. 
25, 1876, m. 2ndly Sept. 11, 1877, Carrie D., dau. James Perrin and 
Cordelia (Merryfield) Colburn of Westwood, b. June 26, 1855, re- 
sided, Newton Upper Falls. He d. Sept. 28, 1895. 

Martha E., b. Feb. 14, 1852, m. Oct. 26, 1875, Gurdon H. Tucker of 
Boston Highlands. 


Tohn"^ Quincy Adams Nichols (Nathaniel'. Jesse-^, Benjamin*, 
Jonathan-^, James^, Richard^), b. Sept. 7, 1829, m. May 20, 1851, 
Evelina Eames, dau, Hiram and Lucy (Griggs) Jones, b. Dec. 


29, 1831, d. Mar. 16, 1895. He d. Feb. 24, 1881. The Nichols 
family trace their descent from Richard Nichols who settled in 
Ipswich in 1639. Mr. Nichols lived on Main street and built 
the house now owned by Frank H. Winchenbach. He settled 
in Dover soon after his marriage and engaged in the manufac- 
ture of boots and shoes. He left town with his family in 1863 
and went to Elmira, N. Y. where he formed a partnership first 
with A. S. Derby and later with J. Richardson and continued the 
business of manufacturing boots and shoes. He was subse- 
quently in business for himself. Child : 

Lucy Griggs, b. Oct. 8, 1853, m. Oct. 21, 1873, Charles Davison. 


I. Rev. Thomas^ S. Norton (Allen^, Elijah^), son of Allen 
and Mehitable (Snell) Norton, was born in Ware, Nov. 25, 
1813. He m. Sept. 8, 1842, Julia Ann, dau. Gideon and Juha 
(Wait) Cooley of Conway, b. Jan. 21, 1815, d. Mar. 31, 1876, 
m. 2nd!y, Mar. 27, 1877, Mrs. Louisa Holt, dau. Alvah and Betsey 
Kiser, b. Wilmington, Conn., d. Sept. 1898. He. d. Mar. 
14, 1 89 1. Mr. Norton graduated at Amherst College in 1840 
and pursued his theological studies at East Windsor Seminary. 
He was ordained and settled over the Congregational Church at 
Sullivan, N. H., Feb. 4, 1846, where he remained until March, 
1859. He came to Dover the same year, as pastor of the Evan- 
gelical Congregational Church. He was very earnest and faith- 
ful in his labors and was held in high esteem by his people. He 
was a faithful member of the school committee and as a citi- 
zen was diligent in every good work. Mr. Norton was the first 
Secretary of the Band of Hope and earnest in the work of this 
juvenile temperance organization. He was an indefatigable worker 
in the temperance cause and an ardent prohibitionist. It could 
be said of him that he lived as he prayed. After a pastorate 
here of nearly a decade, he preached for the Congregational 
churches at Northbridge, Beachwood, and Prescott, Mass. After 


closing his active labors in the ministry he returned to Dover 
where he spent the remaining years of his life. Children were 
all born at Sullivan, N, H. 

(2) Thomas C, b. July 7, 1846. m. Jan. 6, 1870, Edella D. Chickering 
Julia G., b. Mar. 6, 1849, m. Mar. 27, 1873. Walter C. Clark; she 

d. Sept. 21 1891. 
Lewis C., b. May 5, 1851. m. Mar. 25, 1873, Evalyn S. Putnam of 
Northbridge. Mr. Norton is the inventor of the Norton self- 
closing door spring, which is widely used on cars and public 
buildings. He has two children. Clifford and Lillian. 

2. Thomas-^ Cooley (Thomas-, Allen^), b. July 7, 1847, "''• 
June 6. 1870, Edella D., dau. James and Phebe Ann (Thompson) 
Chickeringf, b. Nov. 17, 1848. He d. June 2, 1883. Child by 

Harry, b. Nov. 18, 1877, d. Oct. 11, 1916. 

tThe following names should be added to the list of those who attended school 
out of town, given in the appendix to the historical address delivered at the dedica- 
tion of the new school house, 1910, Needham High School: J. Gertrude Norton, 
Lewis C. Norton, Sarah A. Goulding, Edella D. Chickering; Burgess School. Ded- 
ham, William Bigelow, Frank Bigelow. 


Edmund" Burke Otis (George Alexander^', Ephraim^, Eph- 
raim*, John^, John^, John^), son of George Alexander and Anna 
M. (Hickman) Otis, was b. Mar. i8, 1822, m. Aug. 30, 1843 
Maria Sewall, dau. Celpha Montague and Maria Raymond 
(Sewall) Gimn, b. Mar. 31, 1816, d. April 29, 1863; m. 2ndly 
Sept. 5, 1866, Maria C, dau. Lorenzo and Hannah C. (Kent) 
Harding, b. Mar. 23, 1839, d. June 15, 1896. He d. March 4, 
1884. Mr. Otis was born in Quincy and was descended in the 
seventh generation from John Otis who was born in Barnstable, 
Devonshire, England in 1581. He drew a house lot in the first 
division of land in Hingham in 1635 and was the first ancestor 
of which the American family has any knowledge. He took the 
freeman's oath in 1635-6. His place of residence in Hingham 
was on Otis hill, still so called, southwest of the harbor, a beau- 
tiful slope of land. 


Edward Burke Otis, graduated from Harvard in 1872 ; he 
was a fine linguist and had seven languages at his command. 
He was reared in a home of culture ; his father George Alexan- 
der Otis, translated the first history of the American Revolution 
written in Italian by Botta. Mr. Otis was highly praised for 
his work and received complimentar}^ letters from President 
Jackson and ex-President Adams. George Alexander Otis was 
born just at the close of the Revolution, he was well advanced in 
life when his son Edmund B. Otis was born and as the latter 
was forty-five years old when his son Alexander Otis was born, 
two generations carries the present Mr. Otis back to the birth 
of the nation. Edward B. Otis' mother was a prominent aboli- 
tionist and her home on Boylston Place was a center for the 
men prominent in that movement including William Lloyd Garri- 
son and Wendell Phillips. Mr. Otis was not, however, at all in 
sympathy with the abolitionists of that day believing them re- 
sponsible for bringing on the Civil War, he was what is known 
as a war Democrat. Although he practiced law Mr. Otis origin- 
ally studied for the ministry and always found his chief pleasure 
in literary pursuits. As a young man he was private secretary 
to Prescott, the historian. Mr. Otis not only translated for 
him many of the Spanish manuscripts relied upon for his knowl- 
edge of Mexico and Peru but materially assisted in compiling 
these standard works for which he received due credit from 
Prescott. Mr. Otis was frequently invited to lecture and one 
of his most popular lectures was "The Spaniard in America" 
founded upon his work with Prescott. Children : 

George Edmund, b. 1843, graduated from Harvard Law School in 
1869, lived in Dover for a time, practiced his profession in Boston, 
but subsequently moved to Redlands, CaHfornia, where he prac- 
ticed law and was elected a county judge. He died in 1907. 

Alexander, b. Aug. 26, 1867, graduated from Cornell Law School, 
1897, a practicing attorney in New York City. He is the author 
of three novels, "Hearts are Trumps," "The Man and the Drag- 
on," "Coponset-by-the-Sea." 

Kate, b. Oct. 22, 1869, is a teacher of French and German in the 
Springfield public schools. 

Margaret, b. Oct. 26, 1871, has received the degree of Ph.D. from 


Cornell, a prominent psychologist and a valued contributor to 
educational journals. 
Marian Isabel, b. Nov. 5, 1873. 


1. John- Roger Paine (John^ R.), b. June i, 1808, at Center 
Harbor, N. H., m. Apr. 23, 1840, Abigail, dau. Elnathan and 
Polly (Draper) Hammond, b. Aug. 12, 1818, d. Mar. 2 1905. 
He d. June 3, 1885. Mr. Paine built on Center street in 185 1. 
He was a mill operator and worked at Newton. Children : 

(2) Irving A., b. May 14. 1841. 

Orlando H.. b. Dec. 16, 1844, d. Feb. 23, 1880. 

2. IrvingS A. (John R?, John Ri), b. May 14, 1841, m. May 
I, 1883, Benedicta C. E. Bishoff, b. Breslau, Germany, Feb. i, 
1859. Mr. Paine lives on the homestead on Center street and 
has added to farming the manufacture of straw and husk horse 
collars. Children : 

Benedicta H., b. Oct. 4, 1886. 

Elizabeth E.. b. Mar. 31, 1889. 

Francesca A., b. Oct. i. 1892. 

Jennie G.. b. June 13, 1894, d. Aug. 3, 1896. 

Orlando I., b. Jan. 4, 1895. 

Bessie M., b. Apr. 8, 1897. d. Apr. 13, 1897. 

Frederick W., b. Apr. 15. 1898, d. Aug. 13. 1898. 

Josephine E., b. Nov. 30, 1899, d. Feb. 27, 1900. 

Janet B.. b. Aug. 18, 1901. d. Aug. 18. 1901. 

3. Barnabas*^ (Barnabas-^, Barnabas^, Daniel^, Jonathan^, 
Thomas^), son of Barnabas and Hannah (Coon) Paine was 
born in Truro, Aug. 18, 1833. and was descended from Thomas 
Paine, who came to America from Cornwall, England; he was 
one of the first settlers in Truro, where he had a numerous pos- 
terity. Mr. Paine married Nov. 27, 1858, Maria, daughter of 
Lewis and Maria (Holbrook) Goulding, b. May 5, 1840. d. Dec. 
20, 1906. A few years after their marriage (1865) Mr. Paine 
built on Springdale avenue. He was a carpenter and builder 
doing much contract work in Dover and surrounding towns. He 




was a prominent citizen and for many years a member of the 
board of selectmen and overseer of the poor, also town treasurer. 
He died Mar. 20, 1900. Children : 

(4) Lewis B., b. Sept. 19, 1855, m. Apr. 28, 1886. 

Bertha F., b. May 2, i86s. m. Sept.. 1887, Clarence O. Hudson. 

Frank C, b. Sept. 14. 1868. d. Mar. 28, 1888. 

Fannie C, b. Sept. 14, 1868, m. Dec. 24, 1901, Geo. H. Burgess, 

m. 2ndly June 27, 1914, Gustaf L. Headberg. 
Ernest W., b. Mar. 20, 1873, m. May 19, 1897, Alice M. Remmele, 

res. Newton. 
Estella M., b. Mar. 13, 1878, m. May i. 1915, Herbert De Winter. 

4. Lewis'^ B. (Barnabus^, Barnabus-'^, Barnabus^, Daniel^, 
Jonathan-, Thomas^), b. Sept. 19, 1859, m. Apr. 28, 1886, Ada, 
dau. Joshua and Mary (Newsome) Graham, born in Batley, 
Yorkshire, England, Jan. 16, 1864. Mr. Paine lives on Dedham 
street, where he built in 1891. He was for a time proprietor of 
the store on Springdale avenue, which was burned in 1901. He 
is a carpenter by trade. Mr. Paine was for some years chair- 
man of the board of assessors. Children : 

Laura M., b. Aug. 13, 1888, m. Dec. 14, 1912, Arthur S. Hamilton. 
Charles G., b. Dec. 22, 1891, grad. Mass. Institute of Technology. 


I, Freeman^ A. Parmenter (Curtis^, Artemus^, Joshua^. 
Amos*, George^, John^, John^), son of Curtis and Mary J. 
(Dwinell) Parmenter was born in Framingham Aug. 31, 1849, 
m. Nov. 27, 1873, Lucy E., dau. of Henry and Emeline (Ed- 
wards) Goulding, b. Nov. 11, 1852, d. Nov. i, 1886, m. 2ndly 
Oct. 10, 1888, Matilda, dau. Henry and Emeline (Edwards) 
Gouldingj b. Mar. 15, 1847. John Parmenter, the progenitor of 
this family, was an English Puritan, who was a proprietor of 
Sudbury, where he assisted in laying out the town in 1639. He 
later moved to Roxbury, but his son, John, Jr., continued to live 
in Sudbury, where he kept a house of entertainment. Some 
years after his marriage Mr. Parmenter settled in Dover, having 
purchased from the heirs the farm of his father-in-law at the 


foot of Smith street. He was for many years a successful far- 
mer and a prominent citizen of the town. In 1914 he moved 
with his family to Franklin. Children : 

*George F., b. Mar. 26, 1877, m. ^Martha E. Ellis, professor in Colby, 
Waterville, Me. 
Elmer H., b. Nov. 27, 1881, d. Sept. 3, 1907. 
Lucy M., b. Mar. 22, 1886, d. May 30, 1893. 
*Ernest B., b. Mar. 15, 1892, m. Sept. 7 1916, Maud A. Murdock, res. 

"Graduate Mass. Agricultural College. 


I. John Peppelow, m. 1759, Eve, dau. William and Hannah 
(Chenery) Peters, b. 1737. The exact date of his settlement 
here cannot be determined. He was living in a low, one-story 
house near the residence of William Welch on Farm street as 
late as 1792. The elm tree which shaded his dwelling still 
spreads its branches, but the family and the old weather-beaten 
house have long since disappeared. Child : 

Hannah, b. Mar. 14, 1761. 


I. Samuel^ Perry (AbeH, Samuel^, John^, John^), b. 1767, m. 
Oct. 1789. Olive, dau. Jonathan and Ruth (Eames) Rice. He 
died May 6, 1818. Mr. Perry was descended from John Perry, 
who was born in England and was the first of the family to 
come to America. He arrived here in 163 1 in company with 
John Eliot and became a member of the Roxbury Church. The 
Perrys were long connected with Dover and were prominent and 
respected citizens. Samuel, who came from the adjoining town 
of Natick, was the first to settle here. Elijah Perry and other 
Natick families were annexed to the Dover Parish by an act of 
the General Court and continued for many years to worship 
here and to take books from the Proprietors' Library. Samuel 
Perry purchased the original Michael Bacon farm on the Clay 


brook road. He was drowned one spring evening by falling 
from the bridge which crosses the river on the Cheney estate — 
then called Loring's Bridge — during a severe thunder storm. 
Children : 

Otis, b. 1791, d. 1806. 

Nabby, b. 1792, m. Isaac Greenwood, Natick. 
(2) Lowell, b. 1794. 

Stephen, b. 1796, settled in Providence. 

Kezia, b. 1798, m. Mason Brown. 
<3) Jonathan, b. Aug. 7, 1800. 

Eliza, b. 1801, m. Otis S. Travis, Natick. 

Lucy, b. 1803, m. Alvin Knowlton. 

Samuel, b. 1805. settled in Lowell. 

Fanny, b. 1809, m. Albert G. Whipple, Providence. 

2. Lowell'^ (Samuel^, Abel^ Samuel-^, John^, John^), b. 1794, 
m. 1819, Harriet, dau. William and Kezia (Drury) Perry of 
Natick, b. May 10, 1802. He was a captain in the militia and a 
prominent citizen. 

Farmers in his day not only made their own whip stocks and 
axe halves, but braided their own whip lashes as well ; strands 
were cut from raw hide and braided into whip lashes which did 
not suffer in comparison with the finished product purchased at 
countrjf stores and when applied to oxen did great execution. 
Mr. Perry lived on the homestead. Children : 

Otis, b. Dec. 12, 1819, d. 1836. 

Maria, b. Feb. 5, 1828, m. C. C. Leland, Natick. 

Arvilla, b. July 6, 1838, m. Reuben Winch. 

Harriet, b. Aug. 24, 1840, m. William Cole, Seekonk. 

3. Jonathan^ (Samuel'', AbeH, SamueP, John-, John^), b. 
Aug. 7, 1800, m. Jan. 25, 1827, Margaret Nickless, b. Jan. 25, 
1806, d. Feb. 27, 1848, m. 2ndly Sept. 18, 1850, Phebe, dau. Abi- 
jah and Betsey Johnson of Lowell. He d. Aug. 1882. Mr. Perry 
was a man of determined character and at the time of his death 
was one of the oldest residents in Dover. In early life he 
learned the trade of a shoemaker, but later was for ten years 
an overseer in a carding room in Lowell. He subsequently 


bought the old homestead and made farming the business of the 
remaining years of his life. He was of large stature and com- 
manding presence and a man of few words. On the occasion of 
his serving as a juror in the Xorfolk County Court, he failed to 
agree with his colleagues. On his return home he remarked that 
"he had served on a jury with eleven contrary men." A neigh- 
bor said of him, "He was a man of large figure and dignified 
presence, was distinguished for independence of mind, for 
strength of will and strong convictions and feelings, but a man 
of few words and not socially inclined." Children : 

Jonathan, b. Dec. i. 1827, d. June 17, 1828. 
Margaret, b. Jan. 10, 1830, m. Jedediah Mann. 
Jonthan, b. in Lowell, Oct. 15, 1832, d. Aug. 28, 1833. 
Abigail, b. in Lowell, Nov. 10, 1833, d. July 15, 1834. 
Nancy, b. in Lowell, May 19, 1835, d. Sept. 15, 1836. 
Caroline, b. in Lowell, Aug. 15, 1837. d. Sept. 6. 1837. 
Ann, b. July 22. 1839, d. Dec. 13, 1864. 
George, b. Mar. 4, 1841, resided in Lowell. 

4. Elijah'^ Jr. (Elijah^, SamueP, Samuel^, Samuel^, John-, 
Johni), b. Nov. 14, 1807. "i- Nov. 29, 1832, Mehitable, dau. Jon- 
athan and Mercy (Day) Battle, b. July 27, 1807, m. 2ndly, Jan. 
1857, Mrs. Malvina R. Wood. He d. Nov. 28, 1884. Mr. Perry 
lived on the Battle homestead on Centre street from 1840 to 
1850, when he moved to South Natick. He was prominent in 
town and county affairs. He represented the town in the Gen- 
eral Court in 1846. He was associated with Otis Pettee and 
Edgar K. Whitaker in gaining a charter in 1849 ^or the Charles 
River Branch Railroad. He was chairman of a committee who 
made extensive improvements and alterations in the cemetery in 
1843. Mr- Perry was one of the organizers and a vice-president 
of the Norfolk Agricultural Society and was deeply interested in 
its welfare, in the years when it was the aim of the societies to 
give a bona fide agricultural show for the education and benefit 
of all interested in agricultural pursuits. In those years neigh- 
bors and friends from all the surrounding country came to the 
fair to see each other, have friendlv chats on local news, and 


compare one another's crops, domestic animals, flowers and 
household products. The exhibition of agricultural implements 
was always of interest. The occasion was an annual outing for 
the farmer and his family and afforded much enjoyment. Mr. 
Perry was a member of the State Board of Agriculture and at 
one time a guardian of the Natick Indians. Children : 

Caroline M., b. in Natick, Aug. 5, 1834, m. Otis Chickering. 
Elliot, b. in Natick, Aug. 14, 1837, res. South Natick 
Leonard B., b. Jan. 10, 1841, res. Buffalo, N. Y. 
Ellen E., b. May 13, 1847. 


Stephen Pettingill, b. 1781, m. Rebecca, dau. Thomas and 
Bathsheba (Morse) Larrabee, b. Oct. 12, 1782, d. Dec. 10, 1856. 
He d. Jan. 30, 1819. Mr. Pettingill was a farmer and lived on 
the Day place at the foot of Strawberry hill street. Children : 

Josiah, b. Oct. 12, 1807. 

Almira, b. Mar. 23, 1810, m. Mar. 15, 1834, Sherman Bowers, Need- 

Mary A., b. Nov. 9, 1812, m. Nov. 28, 1833, Samuel Bemis, Needham. 
d. Apr. 24, 1 891. 

Stephen, b. Feb. 10, 1818, res. Needham. 


John-"^ Plimpton (Silvanus^, Jonathan^, Joseph-, Johni), son 
of Silvanus and Hannah (Phipps) Plimpton, was b. 1775, m. 
March 22, 1808, Nancy, dau. David and Levina (Wetherbee) 
Gardner, b. Aug. 2, 1782. He died in 1852. 

This family is descended from John Plimpton, who came over 
with the Winthrop party and was a tailor by trade. He was 
made a freeman in 1643 and received into the Dedham Church. 
He was in Medfield for a while, but went to Deerfield in 1673 
and settled on the grant made to the town of Dedham, in ex- 
change for land given the Natick Indians on the south side of 
Charles river. During King Philip's War he was captured with 


others and carried to Canada. ]t is believed that he was burned 
at the stake by the Indians. The family in the early time was 
noted for its courage, and members were for many years prom- 
inent residents of JMedfield. John Plimpton settled in Dover 
about 1800; his farm w^as at the foot of Smith street (noA\' 
owned by James S. Lee). It is presumed that this was originally 
a part of his father's farm, as the two places adjoined, although 
in different towns. As Mr. Plimpton's farm lay off the high- 
way, he had much trouble about a right of way. After much 
wrangling Smith street was laid out by the County Commission- 
ers and Mr. Plympton soon after moved to Southboro, Mrs. 
Plimpton's native place. 


Joseph^ Henry Proctor (Joseph- B. Benjamin^), son of Jo- 
seph B. and Helen S. (Montgomery) Proctor, was born in Lex- 
ington Feb. 16, 1843. ^Ir. Proctor is descended in the third gen- 
eration from Benjamin Proctor, who came to the United States 
from Halifax, N. S., when only eight years of age. His father 
was the captain and a part owner in a vessel which was sunk 
during the war with France and Great Britain (1744) Benja- 
min Proctor was bound out to Levi Lane of Boston to learn the 
trade of a sailmaker. The original papers of indenture are still 
preserved. Joseph Henry Proctor has lived in Natick, Dover, 
Boston, and is now a resident of Petersburg, Mich. He married 
Sept. 7, 1864, Elizabeth Ellis, dau. of David Ellis, and Martha 
Ann (Whitney) Allen of Dover; she died Apr. 23. 1906. Chil- 

David Allen, b. Aug. 18. 1866. m. June 21, 1893. Fannie M. Bibber. 

res. Hornell, N. Y. 
Mollie Antoinette, b. Feb. 27, 1868, d. Mar. 12, 1871. 
Joseph Montgomery, b. Feb. 18, 1871, d. Nov. 21, 1876. 
Alfred Whiting, b. Feb. 14. 1873, d. Nov. 27, 1876. 
Charles Herbert, b. Mar. 15. 1877. d. Mar. 6. 1881. 
Eliza Montgomery, b. July 25. 18S6. m. July 21. 1906. Wm. F. Peters. 



Mason- Putnam (Reuben^), b. Dec. 20, 1784, m. in Boston, 
May 19, 1807, Alona Holbrook of Sherborn, b. Aug., 1786, d. 
Dec. 31, 1837. He d. Aug. 10, 1872. Mr. Putnam moved from 
Dedham, with his family in 1821, and for a time Hved in Dover. 
He had a grocery store in connection with his small farm, which 
was in the extreme easterly part of the town on Dedham street, 
(Thomas Smith place). Mr. Putnam was a son of Dea. Reuben 
Putnam of Sutton, now Millbury. Of their eight children only 
one was born in Dover, John Prince Putnam, who became a very 
successful business man. He went to California soon after the 
discovery of gold and engaged in the lumber business, in which 
he was very successful. He returned to Massachusetts in 1856 
and entered the firm of Henry Thayer & Co., manufacturing 
chemists of Cambridgeport. In later years this firm became 
one of the largest of its kind in the country. Mr. Putnam had 
a fine country residence at Sturtevant Hill, Winthrop, Maine, 
which he made one of the finest estates in the central part of the 
state. He was twice married and at his death, a wife and three 
children survived him. Children : 

Maria A., b. Oct. 24. 1808. d. in Cambridge. Mar. 13, 1866. 

Sarah E., b. in HolHston, Apr. 22, 1810, d. in Winthrop, Me., Jan. 

15, 1870. 
Hannah H.. b. in Medway, Feb. 14, 1812, d. June 23, 1859. 
Harriet J., b. in Roxbury, May 7, 1814, d. in Boston, Dec. 30, 1889. 
Edwin M., b. in Roxbury, May 2, 1816, res. Boston. 
Matilda G., b. in Roxbury. Sept. 19, 1818, d. Oct. i, 1819. 
George W., b. in Roxbury, Aug. 21. 1820, died in HolHston, Oct. 

14, 1856. 
John Prince, b. Aug. 25, 1832, d. June 17, 1890. 


I. Josiah Reed, b. 1702, m. Elizabeth . He moved here 

from Needham and was for many years a resident of the Parish. 
He owned the farm now occupied by George C. Taylor on Wal- 
pole street. He d. Mar. 9, 1786. Children. 


(2) John. b. Oct. 16, 1741. 
Ruth, b. Sept. 19, 1743. 
Susanna, b. Apr. 9, 1745. 
Mara, b. Mar. 2, 1746. 

2. John^ (Johni), b. Oct. 16, 1741, m. Mar. 12, Sybel, dau. 

James and Sybel (Littlefield) Cheney, m. 2ndly, Elizabeth . 

Mr. Reed lived in the centre of the Parish and was for a time 
the proprietor of a tavern. Later owned Allen F. Smith's place 
on Centre street and had a house of entertainment as late as 
1 781, competing with his neighbor, Ebenezer Newell. He was 
a butcher and supplied the residents with meat, being the first 
person in the parish to engage in this business. He was a tax 
collector in Dedham and very active in raising soldiers for the 
town during the Revolution, he was paid in 1782 for furnishing 
6,775 pounds of beef for the Continental army. Mr. Reed had 
a numerous family but only one of his children was born here, 
although several were married while residents of the town. 
Children : 

Susanna, b. Sept. 8, 1785, m. Jan. 26, 1806. Lewis Gates, Newfane, Vt. 

John, Int. of m. 181S, with Offey Clapp, Chester, Vt. 

Betty, m. May 14, 1788, Elijah Dewing. 

Josiah, m. May 5, 1791. Hannah Gookin. 

Sally, m. June 13, 1798, Jason Morse, Sherborn. 


I. Josiah^ Richards (Edward^, Nathaniel^, Edward^), b. 
Sept. 23, 1713, m. Sept. 22, 1737, Hannah, dau. Nathaniel and 
Joanna (Ellis) Whiting, b. July 3, 1718, d. April i, 1788, she m. 
2ndly, April 6, 1774, Nathaniel Whiting of Roxbury. Mr. Rich- 
ards died Oct. 24, 1771. He was the father of fourteen children, 
eight of whom were boys. His sons all took part in the Revolu- 
tion, a most remarkable instance. He lived on Strawberry hill 
street on the farm now owned by John Parkinson, Jr. He was 
the first of the family to settle in Dover. All of this name in 
Dover are descended from Edward Richards, who arrived in 



America Sept. 16, 1632 on the ship "Lyon" from London. He 
lived in Cambridge until 1636. He was received as one of the 
proprietors of Dedham in 1636-7 and was the sixty-second 
signer of the social compact. "On ye 17th of ye 5 mo. 1640, 
he was received into ye church giving good satisfaction." He 
was married Sept. 10, 1638, to Susan Hunting and she was re- 
ceived into the church "19th iimo. 1640." In 1641 he took the 
freeman's oath and in 1646 was chosen selectman and served in 
this office for nine years. Mr. Richards had more means than 
most of the Dedham settlers and received large grants. In 
1657-8 a precious cedar swamp was apportioned to seventy- 
nine proprietors of which, with the exception of the Rev. Mr. 
Allin, the minister of the town, he received the largest grant. 
Perhaps his aspirations, as it has been said, were higher than 
those of other settlers as he obviously aspired to a manor and 
was not content with an ordinary farm. 

His homestead was the Rev. Dr. Burgess place not far 
from the Dover line. He received no grant of land from the 
town of Dedham for a house and it is believed that he came 
here independently, having purchased an extensive tract, which 
had been granted by the General Court to Mr. Cook. Children : 

(2) Lemuel, b. Jan. 22, 1737-8. 

(3) Moses, b. Dec. 11, 1739. 

Hannah, b. Nov. i, 1741, m. Nov. 10, 1762, John Battle. 

(4) Asa, bapt. Oct. 9, 1743, moved to Ashford, Conn. 

Sarah, bapt. Dec. 22, 1745, m. Nov. 21, 1765, Nathan Metcalf. 

(5) Thaddeus, b. Nov. 14. 1747, m. Mary Colburn, res. Ashford, Conn. 

(6) Josiah, b. Nov. 15, 1749, m. May 11, 1778, Sarah Shuttleworth. 

(7) Solomon, b. Oct. 21, 1751, m. Sarah Richards. 

Mary, b. Jan. 11, 1754, m. Nov. 23, 1774, Isaac Smith, Walpole. • 
Lucy, b. INIay 21, 1756, m. 1779, Josiah Battelle. 

(8) Abijah, b. July 2, 175S, m. Abigail Mansell. 

(9) Jesse, b. Sept. 28, 1762, m. Nov. 13, 1788, Sarah Fisher. 
Betsey, b. • 

2. Lemuel (Josiah*, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. Jan. 
22, 1737, m. June 14, 1764, Rebecca, dau. Joseph and Rebecca 
(Newell) Chickering, b. Aug. 4, 1746, d. Dec. 30, 1838. Lieut. 
Lemuel Richards was for many years a prominent citizen. He lived 


on Dedham street on land inherited by his wife from her 
father's estate. He first built on the Philip C. Stanwood place 
but later settled on that part of the farm which is now owned 
by A. H. Parker. The many references to Mr. Richards in 
the town records show that he was ever watchful of his own 
interests. He was a selectman and tax collector in Dedham 
and a member of the Committee of Correspondence in 1781. We 
are able to give through the courtesy of Charles H. Mitchell, a 
picture of Indian stone relics gathered in Dover. The farm of 
Lemuel Richards is especially productive of these relics as it 
was the home of Noanet and his tribe. The northerly slope of 
the Stanwood land was once an Indian burying ground as Mr. 
Mitchell tells us. Children: 

(10) Joseph, b. Apr. 20, 1765. 

Rebecca, b. Sept. 4, 1766, m. 1784, David Dana. 

Lydia, b. Jan. 21, 176S, m. 1786 Ira Draper, Jr., Dedham. 

Edward, b. Oct. 7, 1769, d. young. 

Abigail, b. Nov. 2. 1771, d. young. 

Abigail, b. July 29, 1773, d. young. 

(11) Jabez, b. Mar. 6, 1775. 
Lemuel, b. , d. young. 

Deborah, b. , m. Dec. 14, 1795. Jesse Glover West Dedham. 

Abigail, b. , m. Ira Draper, Sudbury. 

Sarah, b. , m. 1803. Seth Blake. 

3. Moses^ (Josiah"*, Edward*^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. Dec. 
II, 1739, m. Dec. 8, 1762, Mehitable, dau. John and Mehitable 
(Sherman) Battelle, b. Dec. 25, 1743. He lived on the Ebenezer 
Battelle place on Strawberry hill, which was long since aban- 
doned. He moved to Warwick, but was living in Dover in 180T- 

Mehitable, b. May 28, 1772, m. Dec, 24. 1789, Perez Allen. 

4. Asa^ (Josiah^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), bapt. Oct. 
9, 1743, m. Oct. 26, 1774, Drusilla, dau. William and Sarah 
(Ellis) Bullard, b. May 4, 1752. He was a cooper and lived on 
a part of his father's estate on Strawberrv' hill. He sold his 


farm in 1783 to his brother, Solomon Richards, and moved to 
Ashford, Conn. Child: 
Reuben, b. Oct. 25, 1776. 

5. Thaddeus-"^ (Josiah"', Edward-^, N^athaniel-, Edward^), b. 
Nov. 14, 1747, m. 1770, Mary, dau. Joseph and Dorothy 
(Draper) Colburn, b. 1747. He moved to Ashford, Conn., with 
his family in 1776. Mrs. Richards died in Ashford and he mar- 
ried a second time. Children : 

Thaddeus, b. Mar. 25, 1771, d. Apr. 16, 1776. 
Molly, b. Sept. 28, 1772, m. John Ellis. 
Ephraim, b. Mar. 2, 1774, m. Susannah Cheney. 
Abigail, b. May 14, 1776, m. Sabin Baker. 

Cate, b. , m. a Mr. Utley and d. in Cincinnati. 

Hannah, b. Aug., 1785, m. Archibald Babcock. 

Jabez, b. . 

Moses, b. . m. Miss Bicknell. res. Ashford. 

Sylvanus, b. , m. Lucy Chaplin res. New York. 

Tryphena, b. , d. Ashford. 

6. Josiah^ (Josiah*, Edward-^ Nathaniel^, Edward^), b. Nov. 
15, 1749, m. May 11, 1778, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Abigail 
(Whiting) Shuttleworth, b. July 25, 1754. He was in the Revo- 
lution and took part at Bunker Hill and Monmouth. Mr. Rich- 
ards moved with his family to Washington, N. H., about 1780. 
The Rev. Abner Morse, in his Richards Genealogy, gives the fol- 
lowing without stating his authority : 

Josiah Richards, in the battle of Bunker Hill, fired twenty- 
four rounds, knocked down a British officer with the butt of his 
musket and retreated, running directly over the body of Gen. 
Warren. One night, being on guard, Washington, to test his 
fidelity, as he was want to do in other cases, appeared before 
him, whom he challenged with, "Who comes there?" A friend," 
Washington replied. "Friend, advance and give the counter- 
sign." Washington gave the wrong name. "Stand," exclaimed 
Josiah, "the countersign is not right." "It is of no conse- 
quence," said Washington, "I am your commander-in-chief and 
must pass as I have urgent business." Josiah presented his bay- 
onet and told him if he advanced another step he would run 


him through. Washington turned, went to the officer of the 
guard, took his name and the next day sent for him, clapped 
him on the shoulder adding: "My good fellow, you were faith- 
ful and true last night and I will see you promoted." Children : 

Peyton, b. Feb. 21, 1779, m. Sally Copeland. 

Nancy, b. Sept. 19, 1780, m. Apr. r, 1804. Nath. Whiting, West 

Newton, b. May 25, 1782, d. aged 12 years. 
Josiah, b. May 30, 1784, m. Emily Haskell. 
Leonard, b. June 11, 1786, m. Elizabeth Vance. 
Willard, b. Aug. 28, 1788, m. Relief Whitney. 
Clarissa, b. July 29, 1791. m. Phineas Battelle, res. Orange. 
Waitstill, b. Oct. 25, 1793. m. Samuel Smith. 

7. Solomon^ (Josiah^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. 
Oct. 21, 1751, m. Mar. 3. 1775, Sarah, dau. Nathaniel and 
Mary (Whiting) Richards, b. Dec. 12, 1755, d. Oct. 14, 1849. 
He died Oct. 9, 1834. Mr. Richards lived on the homestead on 
Strawberry hill, but moved with his family to West Roxbury in 
1804. Capt. Solomon Richards was for many years commander 
of a company of cavalry, and an early and zealous Whig. On 
the morning of the Battle of Lexington he was met, on his way 
to Boston, with the report that the British were on their march 
to Concord : and as he was turning his course for Dover, to rally 
men to the scene of conflict, up rode a man direct from Boston 
contradicting the report. Capt. Richards instantly marked him 
for a tory, took him prisoner, bound him upon his own horse 
and escorted him to the Peacock tavern at Jamaica Plain and de- 
tained him until the truth could be known. In the meantime a 
body of soldiers arrived and demanded the tory that they might 
handle him during their halt. But Capt. Richards and the tav- 
ern-keeper resisted their demands, insisted upon giving the man 
a trial, and through their well-known patriotism prevailed and 
saved the man from the gallows, but not from thirty-nine lashes 
ordered by the court. Richards Genealogy. Children : 

Paul, b. Dec. 5, 1775, d. Mar. 29. 1776. 

Lucy, b. July 18, 1780, m. May 5, 1802, John Bullard, Dedham. 


Nathaniel, b. Oct. 21, 1784, m. June 9, 1814, Mary Murdock, West 
Roxbury. Mr. Richards resided in Hingham and was President 
of the Hingham Bank. 

Isaac D., b. July 31, 1794, m. 1829, Maria Thayer of Boston. He 
was a grocer. 

8. Abijah^ (Josiah'*, Edward^, Nathaniel, Edward^), b. July 
2, 1758, m. Nov. 18, 1780, Abigail Mansell of Scituate. He 
was a cooper and lived on the homestead on Strawberry hill. 
His widow had rooms assigned her in the house, also the weav- 
ing shop adjoining. In this shop there was later held the first 
school in the east part of Dover. He d. 1789. Children: 

Anna, b. 1781 m. Apr. 4, 1799, Isaac Felton, Needham. 

Abigail, b. , m. Nov. 30, 1800, Eli Parsons, Bristol, Conn. 

Mary. b. . m. Apr. 3, 1804, Chas. Hunnewell, Dedham. 

Abijah, b. July 17, 1787, m. Sally Jones, res. Hartford, Conn. 

9. Jesse^ (Josiah^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. Sept. 
28, 1762, m. Nov. 13, 1782, Sarah, dan. Jeremiah and Sarah 
(Dean) Fisher, b. i\Iar. 5, 1765. He was a hatter and settled in 
Roxbury. He sold his interest in his father's estate in 1789. 
Children : 

Rufus, b. 1781, d. Aug. 31, 1829. 

Sarah, b. Mar. 15, 1783, m. June 22, 1809, Ebenezer Dewing, Roxbury. 

10. Joseph** (Lemuel-^, Josiah^, Edward'^, Nathaniel-, Ed- 
ward^), b. Apr. 20, 1765, m. Chloe, dau. Joseph and Mary (Ev- 
erett) Fisher, b. Mar. 10, 1771, d. Dec. 19, 1825. He owned the 
farm near the "New Mill." Mr. Richards was a member of the 
committee selected by the Parish to extend their call to the Rev. 
Mr. Sanger. He developed soon after his settlement, however, 
a strong opposition to him on political grounds. At this stormy 
time in Dr. Sanger's ministry a number of friends* (March, 
1816,) addressed a communication to him asking for the contin- 
uance of the pastoral relation and promising a faithful support 
as far as a full and prompt payment of his salary afforded the 

*It is an interesting fact that among the most prominent of this number were 
the men who had united with the church during Mr. Carlyl's ministry. 


means. In his thirtieth anniversary sermon Dr. Sanger refers to 
the faithfulness of his friends in the following words : It now 
gives me special pleasure to record the fact that every one of 
those, so far as my knowledge extends, has fulfilled his pledge. 
Not one of them has failed. At this time when the unworthy 
doctrine of repudiation is advocated by some bodies, I rejoice 
to record the honorable fact that in this town a number of pri- 
vate individuals have for more than a quarter of a century 
maintained an uninterrupted and sacred regard to the pledge 
which they had given. Later Dr. Sanger preferred charges 
against Mr. Richards and he withdrew from the church and 
joined another communion. He later moved with his family to 
Concord. Children : 

Edward, b. Apr. 25, 1790. settled in Nashville, Tenn. 
Joseph, b. Nov. 28, 1792, res. Concord. 
Lemuel, b. Oct. 29, 1794, res. West Roxbury. 
Danforth, b. Sept. 3, 1796, res. West Roxbury. 
Willard b. Feb. 15, 1799, went to the West Indies. 
Mary F., b. Feb. 16, 1809, m. Horace Parmenter Boston. 

11. Jabez*^ (Josiah^, LemueH, Edward•^ Nathaniel-, Edward^), 
b. Mar. 6, 1775, m. Eeb. 6, 1798. Elizabeth Ruggles, m. 2ndly 
1804, Mrs. Eliza Burnham of Ipswich. Children: 

Hannah, b. May 15, 1798. 

Jabez, b. .^ 

Charles, b. • 

Sarah, b. , d. young. 

Silas, b. , res. New Bedford. 

12. William" M. (William^, Samuel''\ Timothy*, John^. 

John-, Edward^), b. Canaan, N. Y., Dec. 31, 1813, m. Mar. 9. 

1840, Harriet, dau. Joseph and Mary (Fiske) Mills, b. Nov. 26, 

1819, d. July 17, i(X>7- He died June 28, 1882. ]\Ir. Richards 

lived for many years on Center street near Fisher's Bridge. 

(Charles Plympton's farm.) He was a carpenter, and for some 

years station agent at Charles River. He later moved to Med- 

field. Children : 

Charles E.. b. Feb. 19, 1841, m. Nov. 20, 1867, Elizabeth Dear- 
born, Maiden. 


(13) J. Franklin, b. Oct. 26. 1844. 

Caroline M., b. July 28, 1846, m. Nov. 19, 1868, J. Benj. Newell, 

d. Aug. 25, 1876. 
Harriet L., b. Jan. 31, 1850. m. Apr. 18, 1894, Frank Paige, res. 

Clarence, b. July 13, 1852, d. Aug. 8, 1853. 

13. J. Franklin^ (William', William*^, SamueP, Timothy'*, 
John^, John^, Edward^), b. Oct. 26, 1844, ^- Sept. 30, 1869, 
Ellen Eliza, dau. James and Mary O. (Bullard) Draper. Mr. 
Richards is a carpenter by trade and in 1895 moved to Southern 
Pine, N. C. With his brother-in-law, Dana C. Hanchett, he 
built the Glen street house in 1878. Child: 

Sybil Louisa, b. Feb. 23. 1881. 

14. Thomas"* (Edward". Nathaniel-, Edward^) b. Oct. 3, 
1718, m. Nov. 17, 1748, Rebecca, dau. Nathaniel and Joanna 
(Ellis) Whiting, b. Apr. 2, 1725, d. Nov. 29, 1779, m. 2ndly 
1783, Nancy Swift. He d. Mar. 8, 1791. Mr. Richards cleared 
the farm now owned by Richard W. Hale on Strawberry hill, 
having settled here previous to 1748. He purchased in 1753 the 
uncompleted saw mill of David Wight on Noanet's brook. Here 
he had a saw mill for many years. The location can still be seen 
south of the "New Mill" site. Children : 

(15) Richard, b. Dec. 5. 1749, m. Hannah Bird. 

Rebecca, b. July 11, 1751, m. Apr. 30, 1771, David Colburn. 

Edward, b. Oct. 25, 1753. d. Oct. 30, 1758. 

Catherine, b. Aug. 7, 1755. m. Oct. 31, 1775, Ebenezer Smith. 

Olive, b. June 23, 1758, d. Aug. 18, 1763. 

Chloe, b. Jan. i, 1761, m. David Richards. 

15. Richard-'^ (Thomas^, Edward-^, Nathaniel-, Edward*), b. 
Dec. 5, 1749, m. May 11, 1780, Hannah, dau. John and Mary 
Bird of Needham, b. Feb. 8, 1757, d. Feb. 1825. He d. August, 
1826. Mr. Richards lived on that part of his father's farm on 
Strawberr}' hill which is now owned by Hubbard C. Packard. 
Children : 

Olive, b. Feb. 27, 1781, m. Dec. 19, 1799, Joseph Colburn, Need- 


(i6) Calvin, b. Oct. 4. 1782. m. Lucinda Leland, Sherborn. 

(17) Luther, b. Apr. 20, 1786. 

Hannah, b. Dec. 22, 1791, m. Jared Allen. 

16. Calvin^ (Richard'"', Thomas^, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Ed- 
ward^), b. Oct. 4, 1782, m. Lucinda, dau. Jonathan and Mary 
(Leland) Leland, b. 1786. He d. in 1836. Mr. Richards lived 
on his grandfather's farm on Strawberry hill street. This fam- 
ily has always been prominent in all municipal affairs. Calvin 
Richards, senior, was for many years one of the selectmen and 
was the town's first representative to the General Court. For 
forty years Dover was associated with Medfield in forming a 
representative district, and during this entire period the latter 
town had the entire representation, except two years (1830-1), 
when the district was represented by Calvin Richards. Mr. 
Richards was town clerk and for many years a member of the 
board of selectmen. Children : 

Mary Ann, b. Feb. 8, 1806, m. Apr. 10, 1825, Seth Wight, Bel- 

(18) Calvin, b. Sept. 29, 1807, m. Lucy M. Mann. 
Daniel L., b. July i, 1809, d. 1826. 
Hannah B., b. June 2.3, 1816, d. Jan. 9, 1817. 

Emeline A., b. Aug. 6, 1819, m. 1839, Chas. H. Fitts, Medway. 
Rebecca W., b. Feb. 11, 1822, m. Rev. Wm. M. Thayer, Franklin. 
Lewis M., b. Mar. 19, 1823. m. Eliza Harding, res. Medfield. 
Addison, b. Nov. 19, 1826, m. Elizabeth Ellis, res. Jacksonville, 

17. Luther^ (Richard^, Thomas-*, Edward^, Nathaniel-, Ed- 
ward^), b. Apr. 27, 1786, m. Apr. 20, 1808, Mary, dau. Levi 
Savvin of Natick, b. 1788, d. Feb. 26, 1844. He died July 15, 
1830. Mr. Richards lived on the farm developed by his father 
on Strawberry hill. Children : 

(19) Luther, b. Apr. 27, 1809. 

Louisa, b. Dec. 21, 1812, d. Feb. 14, 1893. 
Mary B., b. June 11, 1816, m. Geo. B. Dunbar, Brockton. 
Emily A., b. 1817, d. Sept. 28, 1821. 

Nancy, b. Mar. 2, 1821, m. Ephraim Noyes, merchant, San Fran- 
cisco and New Mexico. 


18. Calvin" (Calvin*\ Richard'', Thomas^, Edward^, Nathan- 
iel-, Edward^), b. Sept. 29, 1807, m. May 25, 1841, Lucy M., 
dau. Daniel and Rachel (Allen) Mann, b. Feb. 22, 1842. He 
died Oct. 4, 1873. Mr. Richards was prominent in all town 
affairs. He was a moderator of town meetings, and for many 
years a member of most committees appointed to consider the 
aft'airs of the town. He was many times elected a member of 
the board of selectmen and school committee. He also repre- 
sented the town in the General Court. He was a prominent 
member of the First Parish Church and deeply interested in the 
establishment of the First Parish Library, of which the old Pro- 
prietors' Library formed the nucleus. In early life Mr. Richards 
was engaged in business in Boston, but on account of ill health 
was obliged to retire. He occupied the farm of his father on 
Strawberry hill, and was a successful and prominent farmer. 
He was interested in the Norfolk County Agricultural Society 
and was one of the promoters of the institution. Children : 

Lucy M., b. Feb. 22, 1842, m. June 11, 1863, Dr. J. G. Townsend, So. 

Jane A., b. Jan. 30, 1844, m. Oct. 30, 1877, Rev. Joseph Sheafe, res. 

Annie M., b. May 12, 1859, d. Sept. 25. 1862. 

19. Luther" (Luther^', Richard-^, Thomas"*, Edward^, Nathan- 
iel-, Edward!) , b. Apr. t.j, 1809, m. May i, 1839, Abby F., dau. 
John F. and Polly I. (Osgood) Wilson, d. July 30, 1840, m. 
2ndly, Elizabeth F., dau. Artemus and Anna C. Conant of Stow, 
d. Oct. 5, 1867. He d. July i, 1876. Mr. Richards was for 
some years town clerk and one of the selectmen. In 1853 he 
represented the town in the convention called to^ amend the Con- 
stitution of Massachusetts. He engaged in the leather business 
in Boston, where he resided for a time. He lived on the ances- 
tral farm on Strawberry hill owned by the late Arthur F. Dodge. 
When the Sunday school became a feature of the First Parish 
Church Mr. Richards was chosen the first superintendent. His 
successors to date (1900) have been Calvin Richards, D, J. 


Goss, Rev. Edward Barker, Theodore Dunn, Rev. George Proc- 
tor, I. "Henry Howe, A. K. Tisdale, Capt. George Scott, Rev. C. 
S. Locke, Frank Smith, Mrs. G. D. Everett, Mrs. G. C. Whiting, 
Mrs. Helen M. Jones, George D. Burrage, C. M. Koopman. 
Children : 

Irving W., b. June 17, 1840, d. Aug. 20, 1840. 
Anna E., b. Sept. 3, 1847, d. Oct. 24, 1851. 
Luther C, b. June 24, 1849, d. Dec. 9. 1849. 
Mary A., b. Oct. 6, 1850, d. June 2. 1852. 

20. Luther^ (Abiatha^, John"^, John^, John-, Edward^), b. 
Sept. 24, 1 77 1, m. May 27, 1794, Polly, dau. Ebenezer and Han- 
nah (Allen) Battelle, b. Aug. 5. 1774. He d. Dec. 25, 1832. 
Children : 

Polly, b. May 28. 1795, m. Calvin Howe, Dedham. 
Martin, b. July 14, 1797, m. Harriet Angier, res. Dedham. 
Mehitable, b. May 15, 1800. m. Nathan Phillips. 
Miranda, b. Aug. 21, 1803, m. Austin Bryant. 
(21) Luther, b. Sept. 4. 1806, m. Betsey Mann. 

Elizabeth, b. July 30, 181 1, m. Joshua S. Bailey, Somerville. 
Alvan, b. Mar. 30, 1816, d. unmarried. Nov. 22. 1844. 

21. Luther" (Luther'\ Abiatha'\ John^, John'"^, John^, Ed- 
ward^), b. Sept. 4, 1806, m. Oct. 14, 1834, Betsey, dau. Daniel 
and Rachel (Allen) Mann, b. June 30, 181 3, d. Sept. 26, 
1868. He died Feb. 21, i860. Mr. Richards lived on the farm 
on Dedham street, now owned by his daughter, Miss Alice M. 
Richards. Mr. Richards moved soon after his marriage to New 
York City. Children : 

Isabel F.. b. Mar. 23, 1837. m. John C. Coombs. 

Daniel W.. b. Oct. 12, 1840. res. New York Citv and Needham. 

Alice M.. b. Dec. 24. 1848. 

22 William^ (Ebenezer^, James^. Nathaniel-, Edward^), b. 
Aug. 12, 1746, m. Aug. 2/, 1774, Abigail Stratton at Cambridge. 
He d. Dec. 27. 1835. No children blessed this union and Mr. 
Richards adopted William, son of his brother David, who was 
known as William Richards 2nd. He lived on the Ebenezer 


Richards farm on Dedham street. In those days housekeeping 
was an art prized above all others and girls were taught the in- 
tricate problem. 

22,. William*^ 2nd (David"*, Ebenezer^, James^, Nathaniel^, 

Edward^), b. May 4, 1791, m. Olive , d. June 15, 1826, m. 

2ndly Nov. 2y, 1828, Mary. dau. Elijah and Mary (Jones) 
Perry, b. 1801, d. 1889. He d. in 1865. Mr. Richards received 
the farm on Dedham street (Frederic H. Curtis's place) by will 
from his aunt, where he lived until 1834, when he sold the farm 
and moved to South Natick. He was a prominent citizen and a 
member of the board of selectmen. Children : 

Abigail S., b. May 25, 1818. 

Mary D., b. Aug. 22,. 1831, d. May 4. 1836. 

Martha, b. 1835, d. Dec. 12, 1836. 

24. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer'^, James^, Nathaniel^, Edward^), b. 
July ID, 1744., m. 1769, Hannah, dau. Noah and ThankfuU 
(Jackson) Wiswall, b. Mar. 31, 1745, d. Nov. 12, 1787. He d. 
Aug. II, 1784. The town clerk made this record: "The first 
death since Dover was incorporated." Mr. Richards settled here 
at the time of his marriage in 1769 and cleared the farm on Ded- 
ham street now owned by Frederic H. Curtiss. A home on the 
river, or its vicinity, meant in the early time an abundance of 
fish, as the stream teemed with various varieties, as pickerel, 
perch, eels and horn pouts, sometimes called catheads. Shad 
and alewives passed up the river in the spring, as shown by the 
fact that the Indian built weirs to catch them. Noanet's weirs 
are early spoken of in the town's records. In the division of 
this estate in 1791 the farm fell to Ebenezer, Jr., who was the 
only heir twenty-one years of age." He settled in Newton and 
sold the farm in 1792 to Abigail, wife of his uncle, William, 
who settled here. Children : 

Ebenezer, b. Jan. 11, 1770, m. Hannah White, res. Newton. 
Noah Wiswall. b. Sept. 16. 1771, d. Dec. 27, 1851, res. Roxbury. 
John. b. July 6, 1773. d. young. 


Hannah, b. Mar. 25, 1775, m. Antipas Jackson, Roxbury. 
Sally, b. June i, 1777, res. West Roxbury. 
Betsey, b. July 19, 1779, m. Abner Child, Jamaica Plain. 
John, b. Oct. 22, 1781, d. Nov. 3, 1829, m. Mary Barrett. 


Amos Richardson, m. Apr. 13, 1837, Mrs. Eliza Parish. He 
lived in town for some years, but the place of his residence is 
not known. He was engaged in teaming for the rolling mills. 
Children : 

Eliza Jane, b. Oct. 26, 1837. 
Harriet Maria, b. Dec. 7, 1839. 
James Henry, b. Apr. 7, 1842. 


Ralph*^ Sanger (Zedekialv'^, Richard^, Richard^, Richard-, 
Richard^), son of Zedekiah and Irene (Freeman) Sanger, was 
b. June 22, 1786, m. June 17, 1817, Charlotte, dau. of Ezra and 
Susannah (\\'hitman) Kingman, b. Aug. 5, 1792, d. Dec. 1, 
1881. He d. May 6, i860. Dr. Sanger was the second town 
minister, and continued in the office for nearly fifty years. He 
was commonly styled by the townspeople Priest Sanger. He was 
a son of Rev. Dr. Zedekiah Sanger, whom Sprague has placed 
among his fifty most eminent Congregational Unitarian minis- 
ters of America. This family is descended from Richard 
Sanger, who had land assigned him in Hingham in 1636, and 
who is said to have been the first of the name to emigrate to 
this country. Ralph Sanger was born in Duxbury, but spent 
most of his youth in Bridgewater, his father having accepted a 
call to the South Bridgewater Parish in that town. Dr. Sanger 
graduated from Harvard in 1808 and received the highest 
honors of his class. In 1809 he taught in a Latin school at Con- 
cord. The next year he was appointed tutor in mathematics ar 
Harvard, and held the position for two years. In 1812 he ac- 
cepted a call to the Dover First Parish Church and remained 

Rev. Ralph Sanger, D.D. 



pastor until his death in i860. The last two years of his life he 
was senior pastor and resided in Cambridge. He received the 
degree of Doctor of Divinity from Harvard in 1857. He was a 
faithful and devoted minister, greatly beloved by his church and 
highly esteemed by the community. Clergymen were supposed 
to be settled for life and were rightly called minister, for they 
were the valued friend of every family in the parish, called in 
sickness and in death ; advised in weighty personal matters and 
offered congratulations or condolence, as the occasion required. 
The day annually set apart for the visit of the minister and his 
wife was eagerly looked forward to in most families. Religious 
sentiments have greatly changed in the last twenty-five years. 
In Dr. Sanger's day his people would not have tolerated an ex- 
change with his neighbor, the Rev. Theodore Parker of the 
West Roxbury Parish. In the writer's boyhood days Parker 
was called an "atheist in the pulpit" even by Unitarians. Today 
we are assured that he w^ould be welcome in any liberal church, 
Unitarian or Trinitarian; the radical of our generation becomes 
the conservative of the next. It is recalled that John F. Ford, 
a prominent citizen, was an ardent admirer of Parker's and a 
parishioner of his before coming to Dover. Dr. Sanger had 
charge of the public schools for forty years, and made more 
than eight hundred visits to them. He was the second postmas- 
ter, and held the office for many years. Although he never 
moved the office to his house, Isaac Howe was deputy post- 
master and continued the office at the old tavern stand. He rep- 
resented the town for three terms in the General Court and was 
for one year a Chaplain of the Senate. He was deeply inter- 
ested in gaining railroad facilities ; in the advancement of ag- 
riculture, temperance and every good work. The wonder has 
been often expressed that Mr. Sanger could bring up so large a 
family and send two sons to college on a salary of $500 a year 
and the use and improvement of the Parish wood lot. It must 
be remembered that he was the town minister and expected to 
hold the office for life. While donation parties were not in 


order, yet most families felt called upon during the early years 
of his ministry to contribute at least something of their good 
store towards supplying the minister's cellar and larder with 
fruit, vegetables and various provisions. He was given rye and 
Indian meal, butter, eggs and cheese, fowls, beef, pork and veal, 
and "green sauce," as vegetables were called. Mr. Sanger kept 
his own cow, and did some little farming. Mrs. Sanger had a 
colored woman, Polly Green, who worked in the kitchen and sat 
in the '"nigger pew" on Sunday. She was devoted to the family 
and appreciative of every attention shown her. Dr. Sanger was 
especially interested in the lyceum, an institution peculiar to 
New England, and was instrumental in organizing the Dover 
Lyceum in 1831. Since it has so largely disappeared it may be 
well to record some facts relating to it, as originally instituted, 
by one who appreciates its worth and work. The old-time ly- 
ceum was the mind and soul and heart of New England seeking 
the right way to think and feel and do. It was the latest thought, 
the hidden emotion, the pained and outraged conscience of New 
England seeking expression. As regards its platform it stood for 
knowledge, high character, devotion to an idea and for an ora- 
tory so natural and highly trained that to stand on it acceptably 
to the people was reputation. The old-time lyceum w^as not a 
system of entertainment only, but a method by which the wants 
of the people along lines of profound moral, ethical reforma- 
tion, thinking and feeling, could be met. That is what the old- 
time lyceum platform was, and as such it stood as regards its 
audiences, for the highest education, the ripest culture and the 
noblest aspiration of the people. At the time of Dr. Sanger's 
settlement, and for many years afterwards this was a people 
who dwelt in pastoral simplicity. The only means of public 
conveyance was by a line of stage coaches which for a time 
daily passed through the town. The women were money-saving 
members of the community, and the boys and girls were taught 
to improve their time, a discipline which was of great value to 
them, illustrating Theodore Parker's saying that "work is an 


education." "The education of a child," some one has said, "is 
an all-round process, and he or she owes only a part of it to 
school or college training." Dr. Sanger furnished the means of 
education and improvement in a carefully selected library of 
half a thousand volumes, which consisted largely of English 
classics, history, biography, science and travel. These books 
were selected with the greatest of care, and included a few of 
the standard novels of the day. The young people grew up 
strong intellectually and many became omnifarious readers of 
good books. The influence of that early library is still felt in 
the lives of the older residents, and was very marked in the 
lives of Dr. Sanger's children. 

The social life of the times is well described by Maria 
Adams Cobb, who says : "We were attendants of the First Par- 
ish Church in the time of Dr. Sanger. I remember Dover in its 
prime a town of great social activity for its size. There were 
social gatherings at the houses, tea drinking, parties at which 
the young people played games, spelling schools, singing 
schools at the Centre, and dances to which people came from 
all the surrounding towns. Nowhere could they have a better 
time than at Dover — nowhere could they get a better supper." 

George Partridge Sanger graduated from Harvard in 1840 
the second in his class ; taught a private school for boys at 
Portsmouth, N. H., for two years ; Latin tutor at Harvard for 
three years ; while reading law, was District Attorney for Suf- 
folk County; judge of the Court of Common Pleas; President 
of the John Hancock Life Insurance Company ; Representative 
to the General Court from Cambridge ; Editor of the American 
Almanac for many years ; associated with Mr. Richardson by 
appointment of the Governor for arranging and consolidating 
the General Statutes of the Commonwealth, and was United 
States District Attorney for twelve years, first appointed by 
General Grant. 

Simon Greenleaf Sanger graduated from Harvard in 1848 
and devoted his life to teaching, having taught in Massachu- 


setts, New York City, Vicksburg, Miss., Alexandria, Va., and 
for more than twenty years in Chicago. 

Irene Freeman Sanger taught school in Dover, Burlington, 
Vt., Andover, and for more than twenty years was connected 
with a young woman's school — Gannett Institute, in Boston. 
Children : 

Ralph, b. Mar. 31, 1818, d. Mar. 31, 1850, in New Orleans. 

George Partridge, b. Nov. 27, 1819, d. July 3, i8go, res. Cambridge. 

Charlotte Kingman, b. Aug. 17, 1822, m. William W. Gannett, Cam- 

John White, b. Mar. 15, 1824, d. Sept. 16, 1866, at Shanghai, master 
of a vessel. 

Simon Greenleaf, b. Mar. 9, 1827, res. Chicago, 111. 

Irene Freeman, b. Aug. 13, 1830, res. Andover. 


I. Levi^ Sawin (John^""', John'*, Thomas^, John-, Robert^), b. 
1760, m. 1783 Lurana, dau. Elisha and Jemima (Toblin) Morse, 
b. May 3, 1765. He d. 1857. Mr. Sawin was descended from 
John Sawin, who came to this country in 1650, and is believed 
to have been the ancestor of the American family. He was a 
son of Robert Sawin of Boxford, England. It is said that John 
Sawin, son of Thomas, was the first white child born in the In- 
dian town of Natick. Levi Sawin settled in Dover in 1800 and 
lived for a time on the farm owned by the late Elbridge L. 
Mann. He had a family of thirteen children, four of whom 
were born in Dover. Six died in infancy. Only one, Joel, con- 
tinued to live here. Thomas E. Sawin, in a "Summary of 
Sawin lineage," says, "Levi, b. 1760, Universalist, was in the 
Continental Army about 14 mo." He lived in various places in 
town and was in the employ of Daniel Mann. Children : 

(2) Joel, b. June 2"], 1784. 

Mary, b. 1788, m. Luther Richards, Dover. 
Lurana, b. Apr. 10, 1799, m. Samuel Jones. 
Leviy b. May 28, 1801, d. Dec. 31, 1802. 
Clarissa, b. Feb. 21, 1805, m. Amos Colburn. 
Selinda, b. Sept. 28, 1808, m. 1828 Chas. Scott. 
Sophia, b . 


2. Joel" (Levi*^, John^, Johii^, Thomas'^, John-, Robert^), b. 
June 27, 1784, m. 1809, Polly, dau. Hezekiah and Mary (Man- 
sell) Battle, b. Sept. 7, 1784, d. Dec. 19, 1882. He d. 1849. Mr. 
Sawin lived on the Hezekiah Battelle farm on Centre street. 
His son, Isaac W. Sawin, was a prominent physician in Provi- 
dence, R. 1. He was a graduate of the Western Homeopathic 
College, the Cleveland University of Medicine and Surgery, 
and took a course of postgraduate study in Europe. He was 
president of the Rhode Island Homeopathic Society and a visit- 
ing physician of the Rhode Island Homeopathic Hospital from 
1866 to 1892. and was annually elected a consulting physician 
as long as he lived. Dr. Sawin was a senator of the American 
Institution of Homeopathy. He married^ Jan. i, 1849, Olive 
Short, dau. Samuel and Rachel (Martin) Budlong. Dr. Sawin 
died Feb. i, 1906. He retained a deep interest in his native 
town. Children : 

Lewis L., b. Jan. 13, 1810, m. E. B. Whiting, 2ndly E. B. Wood, res. 

Norwich, Ct. 
Leander L., b. Mar. 26, 181 1, d. Feb. 14, 1836. 
Mary M., b. May 19, 1813, m. Mar. 17, 1846, Dexter Baker. 
Malvina M., b. Feb. 16, 1815, d. July 5, 1815. 
Rebecca B., b. Aug. 31, 1820, m. July 2. 1840. L. P. Jennison. 
Isaac W., b. Dec. 30, 1823, res. Providence. 

3. Calvin"^ (Jesse^, John^, John*, Thomas^, John-, Robert^), 
b. March 25, 1789, m. April 21, 1818, Hannah, dau. John and 
Hannah (Loker) Felch of Natick, b. Aug. 31, 1789, d. March 
4, 1880. He died Dec. 24, 1847. Mr. Sawin was born in Prince- 
ton, and was an only son in a family of seven children, all of 
whom settled in Natick or vicinity. Mr. Sawin took up his res- 
idence in Natick, the home of his ancestors, where his children 
were born. He purchased the Capt. Chas. Morse farm on the 
Clay brook road (Benj.' N. Sawin and E. F. Phelps farms) to 
which he moved his family. Children : 

(4) Calvin H.. b. Dec. 13, 1820. 

(5) Benjamin N., b. Feb. 9, 1823. 

(6) Warren, b. July 17, 1825. 


4. Calvin^ H. (Calvin", Jesse^, John^, John*, Thomas^, John-, 
Robert^), b. Dec. 13, 1820, m. Nov. 27, 1844 Ede L., dau. Moses 
and Ed^ (Learned) Gihnore, b. April 8, 1825, d. Oct. 6, 1848, 
m. 2ndly July 23, 1850, Sarah F.. dau. Abner and Sally (Rogers) 
Rogers, b. Mar. 20, 1821, d. Nov. 20, i860. He died June 16, 
1886. Mr. Sawin was a carpenter by trade and lived on the Clay 
brook road. Children : 

Harlow C, b. Nov. 24, 1845, d. Sept. 6, 1848. 

Hannah R., b. Feb. i, 1852, m. Chas. F. Stewart, res. Los Angeles. 
Sarah V., b. Dec. 7, 1854, m. Herbert A. Ellis, res. Wellesley. 
Ede L., b. Jan. 5, 1863, m. Frank W. Manchester, res. Natick. 

5. Benjamin^ N. (Calvin', Jesse^, John^, John*, Thomas^, John-, 
Robert^), b. Feb. 9, 1823, m. Oct. 20, 1863, Mary J., dau. Aaron 
and Mary S. (Brooks) Bacon, b. Aug. 1837, d. Sept. 6, 1888, 
m. 2ndly Oct. 12, 1893, Sarah Eudora, dau. John and Abigail 
(Wight) Shumway, b. Oct. 20, 1841, d. 1900. He d. Apr. 20, 
1905. Mr. Sawin occupied the homestead on the Clay brook 
road. He was a successful farmer and applied business princi- 
ples to farming, demonstrating the cost of producing various 
farm products, including the cost per bushel of raising corn. In 
this intelligent directing of farming he was a pioneer. He was 
one of the original members of the Needham Farmers and Me- 
chanics' Association and was instrumental in its organization. 
Mr. Sawin succeeded Hiram W. Jones as the town insurance 
agent and did a successful business with the Norfolk Mutual 
Fire Insurance and other companies. He developed beautiful 
picnic grounds on Charles river, the estate of N. S. Bartlett, Jr., 
and in the years that have passed entertained hundreds of picnic 
parties from Boston, Newton, and the surrounding country. 
Mr. Sawin held many town offices including selectman, assessor, 
school committee, and park commissioner. He will long be re- 
membered with those who were associated with him on the board 
of cemetery commissioners, — George L. Howe and Ithamar 
WhitinjT — for the beautiful irranite wall which thev erected in 


front of the cemetery, an enduring monument to their taste and 
judgment. Children: 

Mary N.. b. Nov. 29, 1864, d. Mar. 10, 1874. 
George N., b. Oct. 29, 1869, d. Mar. 13, 1874. 

6. Warren^ (Calvin^, Jesse*^, John°, John^, Thomas^, John-, 
Robert!), b. July 17, 1825, m. Nov. 21, 1847, Mary Ann, dau. 
Capt. William and Harriet Pierce, of Needham, b. Mar. 4, 1827, 
d. Nov. 8, 1878. He d. Mar. 21, 1881. Mr. Sawin was a car- 
penter and built his house on the Sawin estate on the Clay brook 
road. Children : 

Eunice A., b. Sept. 20, 1848. 

Mary E., b. Aug. 10, 1850, m. Dec. 25, 1881, Albert H. Bacon, 

(7) Frank W., b. July 28, 1851. 

Annie M., b. Jan. 25, 1858, m. Apr. 4, 1876, Albert H. Bacon, d. 

Dec. 16, 1879. 

7. Frank^ W. (Warren^, Calvin^, Jesse^, John^, John*, Thom- 
as3, John2, Robert^), b. July 28, 1851, m. April 21, 1880, Cora A., 
dau. Josiah and Lydia Grossman (Jones) Bean of Natick, b. Jan, 
4, 1857. Mr. Sawin occupied the homestead on the Clay brook 
road, which he sold some time since and moved to Natick. Chil- 

Walter A., b. Mar. 22, 1881, res. Boston. 

Ralph U., b. Jan. 24, 1883, res. Natick. 

Mary L., b. Aug. 28, 1885, m. Ernest Blease, res. Saxonville. 

Alfred J., b. Oct. 28, 1888, d. Jan. 31, 1889. 


I. John^ Shumway (Solomon*, Jeremiah^, Peter^, Peter*), 
b. Dec. 4, 1787, m. May 30, 1813, Abigail, dau. Amos and Han- 
nah (Morse) Wight, b. Dec. 21, 1792, d. Feb. 21, 1875. He died 
Feb. 21, 1844. Mr. Shumway settled on Farm street at the time 
of his marriage (Pokanoket club). He came here from Kill- 
ingly, Conn. This is perhaps the only one of the old families 


that is not of English descent. This family is of French origin 
and probably belonged in its transatlantic home, to the greatly 
persecuted Protestant sect of Huguenots, so celebrated in the 
history of civil and religious liberty. Its first representative m 
New England was Peter Shumway, who appeared about the 
middle of the 17th century and settled in the town of Topsfield. 
He was a soldier in King Philip's war, and is said to have been 
present at the taking of the fort in the memorable swamp fight. 
He had a son, Peter, born June 6, 1678, who went to Boxford 
and married there, Feb. 11, 1700-1, Maria Smith. Of this 
union six children were born before 1713, when the family re- 
moved to Oxford to join the declining Huguenot settlement 
there, and in that place three more children were born. John 
Shumway was a respected citizen who held many positions of 
trust and responsibility. Children : 

Abigail Wight, b. Sept. 24, 1814, m. Jan. i^, 1836. Daniel W. Bul- 

lard, Sherborn. 
Elizabeth Morse, b. Sept. 4, 1816, d. Jan. 14, 1847. 
(2) Amos Wight, b. May 13, 1819. 

John Worthington, b. Mar. 24, 1821, m. Dec. 22, 1853, Sarah G. 

Benjamin Franklin, b. Mar. 23, 1823, m. Nov. 26. 1846, Lucy Ann 

Cutler, res. Medfield. 
George Howard, b. Feb. 11, 1825, m. Nov. 7, 1853, Mary S. Bick- 

ford, res. Medfield. 
William Frederick, b. Jan. 16, 1828, d. Jan. 25. 1840. 
Elbridge Eugene, b. Feb. 9, 1830, m. Nov. 7, 1859, Amanda C. 

Wales, res. Norwood. 
Hannah Louisa, b. Apr. 16. 1832. d. Aug. 2^, 1848. 
Sarah Eudora, b. Oct. 21, 1841, m. Oct. 12, 1893, Benj. N. Sawin. 

2. Amos^ Wight (John^*, Solomon^*, Jeremiah^, Peter-, 
Peteri), b. May 13, 1819, m. Dec. i, 1847, Hannah, daughter 
Oliver and Sarah (French) Harding, b. Feb. 28, 1820, d. Dec. 
25, 1897. He d. Feb. 27, 1893. Mr. Shumway owned the home- 
stead on Farm street. His first public service was as master of 
the West school. He was moderator of the annual town meet- 
ing for thirty-five years, an assessor for forty-one years, a mem- 
ber of the board of selectmen for twenty-five years, and eight 
years a member of the school committee. Mr. Shumway was 


chairman of the Democratic town committee for twenty-five 
years. He represented the Ninth Norfolk District in the Gen- 
eral Court in 1873. He was commissioned a Justice of the Peace 
in 1874 and held a commission at the time of his death. He was 
interested in military affairs, and at one time was captain of the 
Independent Company which was organized in Medfield in 1839. 
He was a charter member and the first master of the Dover 
Grange, Patron of Husbandry. Mr. Shumway was an excellent 
farmer and always illustrated the ancient custom of providing a 
large wood pile, which was cut in the woods in early winter and 
drawn to the door with the first fall of snow. During the win- 
ter and early spring it was cut into fire wood and well seasoned 
for the year's supply. The size of the wood pile always testified 
to the thrift of the farmer. Children : 

Hannah Louisa, b. Aug. 28, 1849, m. Feb. 18, 1892. Curtis Broad, 
(3) Amos Wight, b. Aug. 16, 1851. 

William Frederick, b. Oct. 10, 1853, m. IMay 19, 1875, Martha A. 
Perkins, res. Peabody. He d. Mar. 19, 1883. 

3. Amos" Wight, Jr. (Amos W.^, John^, Solomon*, Jere- 
miah^, Peter^, Peter^), b. Aug. 16, 1851, m. May 11, 1881, Jen- 
nie M., dau. Martin and Eunice (Wentworth) Smith, Skowhe- 
^an, Maine. Has lived in Foxboro, Los Angeles, Cal., and in 
1893 inherited his father's farm and took up his residence here, 
but subsequently returned with his family to California. Chil- 

Eunice Wentworth, b. July 26, 1882, d. May 22, 1883. 

Hannah Bernice, b. Jan. 29, 1885, d. Aug. 14, 1890. 

Amos Wight, b. Feb. 13, 1886, res. Los Angeles. 

Fay Marie, b. Feb. 20, 1889, d. Aug. 28, 1890. 

Fred Martin, b. Sept. 17, 1890, m. Nov., 1912, Martha Winters. 

Emma Manning, b. Aug. 15, 1892. 

Sherman Nelson, b. Dec. 18, 1894, res. Los Angeles. 


I. Joseph-"* Smith (Ebenezer*, Joseph^, AsaheF, Robert^), 
son of Ebenezer and Lydia (Hartshorn) Smith was b. Aug. 25. 


1746; ni. Sept. ly, 1777, Calla, dau. Hezekiah and Mary 
(Peters) Allen, b. Jan. 11, 1759. He died Sept. 6, 1808, and 
she m. 2ndly Josiah Wheeler, Grafton. Mr. Smith was born on 
the homestead, Summer street, West Dedham, but came to the 
Springfield Parish previous to 1775. He took part in the battle 
of Bunker Hill, also at Dorchester Heights. He purchased 
Mar. 24, 1779 the south part of lot No. 111 in Westminster and 
moved there with his wife and child. Mr. Smith was descended 
from Robert Smith, whose name appears in an agreement made 
in Exeter, N. H., July 5, 1639, between 31 of the "Loyal sub- 
jects of our dread sovereign, Charles, by the Grace of God King 
of England, Scotland, France and Ireland." The signers of this 
compact "being brethren of the church of Exeter, considering 
with ourselves the holy will of God and our own necessity that 
we should not live without wholsom lawes and gouernment 
amongst us, of which we are altogether destitute, do in the name 
of God combine ourselves together to erect and set up 
amongst us such gouernment as shall be to our best 
discerning agreeable to the will of God according to the 
libertys of our English Colony of the Massachusetts, 
and binding ourselves sollemly by the grace and helpe of 
Christ and in his name and feare to submit ourselves to such 
godly and Christian lawes as are established in the realms of 
England to our best knowleg and to all other such lawes which 
shall upon good grounds be made and inacted amongst us ac- 
cording to God, that we may live quietly and peaceably together 
in all godliness and honesty." The year previous (1638) Mr. 
Smith was in Boston. 

He continued to live in Exeter for some years and was sev- 
eral times commissioned by the General Court "for the settling 
of small affairs." He was a tailor by trade. He moved with his 
family to Hampton as early as 1657, where his wife, Susanna, 
was killed by lightning, June 12. 1680. There is nothing to 
show where he was born or to whom married, but from tradi- 
tion we are led to believe that he came over with the Dorchester 


Company and was a son of Quartermaster John Smith. He 
died in Hampton Aug. 10, 1706, in the 96th year of his age. It 
is known that he had four children — Israel, John, Asahel and 
Joseph, but there is no record of their birth. Asahel first ap- 
pears in Dorchester. He was a "cordwainer," and probably 
learned his trade in that town. On the 20th of April, 1669, the 
constables of Dorchester presented to the selectmen "a list of 
the young men that were not under the gouvernment of familys 
according as the law enjoynes,"' in obedience to "the order of 
the Court requiring ye Selectmen to take inspection of their 
orderly walking and submitting to famely gouvernment." The 
name of Asahel Smith appears on this list, which goes to show 
that at that time he was no longer an apprentice. We may pre- 
sume then that he had recently come of age, and that he had 
just quitted the service of his employer. He must have mar- 
ried very soon afterward for we find him in Dedham in 1671, 
where a daughter, Mary, was born to him and his wife, Mary, 
Nov. I, of that year, and a son, Joseph, in Feb. 1673-4. There 
is no record of his marriage or of his wife's family name. She 
died May 10, 1676, and he married a second wife, Elizabeth, 
whose family name is also unknown. Asahel Smith was a prom- 
inent man in Dedham. He represented the town in the Gen- 
eral Court in 1698, and was several times selected selectman, 
sometimes being chairman. He was the first town treasurer, 
having been elected to that office in 1694. He had various grants 
of land made to him by the town of Dedham, the first being a 
grant of six acres in 1684, near the dwelling-house of Samuel 
Gay, on the way leading to Fowl Meadow; early in 1700 (1706- 
1708) he was granted 24 acres of land on Pond Plain, West 
Dedham, which seems to have been the homestead. He added 
to this from time to time by grant or purchase. His will, dated 
Aug. 4, 1714, and probated May 12. 171 5, provides that his two 
youngest sons, Nathaniel and Israel, are to have the homestead 
when their mother's interest in it became extinct either through 
death or marriage, consisting of 24 1-2 acres with house, bam, 


etc., "lying near South plain." The children of Joseph Smith, 
all of whom were born in Westminister, except the lirst, are as 
follows : 

(2) Draper, b. Dec. 20, 1777. 

Deborah, b. Sept. 5. 1779, m. John Dupee. 

Calla, b. May 2, 1782, m. John Minot, Dorchester. 

Joseph, b. Aug. 7, 1784, res. Concord. 

Allen, b. Jan. 22, 1787, res. New Market, N. H. 

Patty, b. May 11, 1789, m. David Reed. 

Joel, b. Sept. 20, 1791, settled in Maine. 

Polly, b. Oct. 7, 1794, m. Joseph Palis. Hubbardston. 

Calvin, b. Apr. 20, 17^, res. Templeton. 

Asa, b. Nov. 16, 1799, res. Gardner. 

2. Draper^ (Joseph-"^, Ebenezer^, Joseph'^ Asahel-, Robert^), 
b. Dec. 20, 1777, m. May 10, 1809, Anna, dau. IMicah and Anna 
(Pratt) Leland of Sherborn, b. Dec. 11, 1781 ; d. Dec. 25, 1857. 
He died Mar. 20, 1852. Mr. Smith purchased the duy farm in 
the westerly part of the town — Smith street. He added to 
farming the cutting of ship timber and the burning of charcoal 
which he sold in the Boston market. Children : 

(3) Joseph A., b. Apr. 24, 1813. 

(4) Albert L., b. Apr. 30, 1820, d. May 10, 1876. 

3. Joseph^ Allen (Draper^, Joseph'*. Ebenezer'^, Joseph^, 
Asahel-, Robert^), b. Apr. 24, 1813, m. June 2, 1844, Louisa B., 
dau. Isaac and Betsey (Williams) Howe, b. Mar. 9. 1823, d. 
Aug. 24, 1908. He died July 21, 1886. Mr. Smith carried on 
in the early years of his life the slaughtering business in the 
westerly part of the town with butchers' carts on the road, later 
he was a farmer on Smith street and was for many years a 
member of the board of assessors, selectmen, a member of the 
school committee, and a deacon in the First Parish Church. 
Child : 

'Anna Leland, b. Aug. 14, 1847, m. Jan. 18, 1872, Oliver N. Barber, 

4. Albert' Leland (Draper^, Joseph'', Ebenezer^, Joseph^. 
Asahel-, Robert^), b. Apr. 30, 1820, m. May 17, 1849, Sarah E., 


dau. Isaac and Betsey (Williams) Howe, b. Jan. 17, 1821, d. 
Aug. 5, 1901. He died May 10, 1876. Mr. Smith inherited his 
father's farm on Smith street and united for many years the 
business of marketing with farming. There was built on this 
farm, some time previous to 1845, ^^ ice cellar which was the 
first attempt made in town to keep ice for summer use. Previ- 
ous to this time all provisions, butter, milk, etc., were kept in 
cellars or by hanging in the well. Children; 

Draper, b. Oct. 9, 1851, m. July, 1876, Henrietta I. Woodward, 
Liberty, O. Res. Omaha. Neb. 

(5) Frank, b. June 11, 1854, m. Oct. 17, 1888, Jennie G. Allen, West 


(6) Joseph, b. Mar. 17, i860, m. June i, 1887, Sarah R. Parmenter. 


5. Franks (Albert", Draper^, Joseph^. Ebenezer^, Joseph^, 
Asahel-, Robert^), b. June 11, 1854, m. Oct. 17, 1888, Jennie 
Gertrude, dau. Samuel F. and Hannah (Ellis) Allen of West 
Dedham^ b. Mar. i, 1866, d. Nov. 21, 1893, m. 2ndly, June 9, 
1897, Lillian Ellis, dau. John Leonard and Lucy (Ellis) Fisher 
of West wood, b. Oct. 8. 1870. 

Mr. Smith was for many years a member of the firm of 
Thompson, Brown & Co., Publishers, Boston, res. Dedham. 
Children : 

Ellis, b. July 15, 1898. 
Sarah, b. Aug. 23, 1903. 

6. Joseph^ (Albert", Draper^, Joseph^, Ebenezer*, Joseph-^, 
AsaheP, Robert^), b. Mar. 17, i860, m. June i, 1887, Sarah R., 
dau. Curtis and Mary J. (Dwinell) Parmenter of Framingham, 
b. Oct. 5, 1864. He d. June 4, 1904. Mr. Smith lived on the 
homestead and developed in connection with his farm a large 
wholesale milk business. He was a member of the board of se- 
lectmen at the time of his death and chairman of the Democratic 
town committee. Children : 


Frank Raymond, b. Feb. i6, 1888, d. Aug. 11, 1889. 

Gladys Mildred, b. Sept. 30, 1889, m. Apr. 19, 1915, Frank L. Trafton. 

Hempstead, N. H. 
Lawrence, b. Apr. 22, 1893. Graduated Clark College. 1915. 

7. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, Joseph-^, Asahel-, Robert^), b. Feb. 
26, 1747-8, m. Oct. 31, 1775, Catherine, dau. Thomas and Re- 
becca (Whiting) Richards, b. Aug. 7, 1755. He d. Feb. 16, 
1819. Mr. Smith was burn in West Dcdham, and settled here 
in 1775, having purchased a tract of land of WilHam Fisher, 
which he converted into the farm on Dedham street, which is 
now owned by Miss Juhet Higginson. He was a cordwainer 
as well as farmer and made shoes for the army as the following 
item shows: 1780 paid Ebenezer Smith "sixty-three pounds for 
shoes found the Continental soldiers. He was a prominent citi- 
zen and a deacon in the First Parish Church. Children : 

(8) Lewis, b. Oct. 28, 1776. 

(9) Ebenezer, b. Feb. 27, 1779. 

Olive, b. Nov. 21, 1780, m. Nov. 21, 1805. James Tisdale. 
Catharine, b. Dec. 27, 1781, m. Oct. 13, 1803, Enoch Whiting. 
(10) Rufus b. Mar. 29, 1785. 

Rebecca, b. Nov. 27, 1792, m. May 25, 1813, Elijah Hastings. Am- 

8. Lewis® (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Joseph^, Asahel-, Rob- 
ert^), b. Oct. 28, 1776, m. Nov. 26, 1801, Ann, dau. Thomas 
and Abigail (Fisher) Burrage, b. 1779, d. Nov. 25. 1850. He 
died Jan. 11, 1819. Mr. Smith lived on the homestead. He was 
instantly killed by the falling of a tree while chopping with his 
cousin, Calvin Richards, in the woods south of the "New Mill." 
Verifying the Scripture: Two shall be in the field; the one shall 
be taken and the other left. The spot has been marked by the 
erection of a stone. Among the few sermons printed by the 
Rev. Dr. Sanger was the one preached the Sunday following 
Mr. Smith's death. This discourse was widely circulated. Mr. 
Smith very honorably and acceptably filled many offices of the 
town. He was for many years one of the choristers of the 
church. He was an active friend of sacred music and 


contributed in many ways to promote it. The duties of 
his office he discharged with remarkable constancy. He was 
never, it is believed, absent from his seat except in case of ne- 
cessity. He was town treasurer at the time of his death. He 
was universally beloved and respected. Children : 

Selinda, b. Aug. lo. 1803, m. Apr. 5, 1827, John R. Miller, North- 

Ann, b. Feb. 6, 1806, m. June 4. 1835, William Clarke, res. Day- 
ton, O. 
(11) Lewis, b. Feb. 22. 1808. 

Francis, b. Mar. 25. 1810, d. Aug. 30, 1826. 

Catherine R., b. Apr. 15, 1812, m. May 15, 1831, Geo. S. Burrage. 

Isaac S., b. Dec. 27, 1814, m. Dec. i, 1843, Frances Carter. 

Abbie B., b. June 10, 1817, ni. Nov. i, 1837, John Adams. 

Martha I. b. Oct. 12, 1819, m. Dec. 2, 1843, Calvin L. Haines, 

9. Ebenezer^ (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Joseph^, Asahel-, Rob- 
ert^), b. Feb. 27, 1779, m. Jan. 14, 1805, Rebecca, dau. Timothy 
and Rebecca (Eames) Allen, b. May 20, 1784; d. Apr. 27, 1848. 
He died Sept. 7, 1847. Mr. Smith was a carpenter by trade. 
He built the Irving Colburn house on Farm street, which he oc- 
cupied for a time, but later moved to Ashford, Conn., to engage 
in manufacturing. On his return to Dover some years later he 
occupied the house on Farm street, which was removed a few 
years since by Mr. Dorr. This farm was a part of Mrs. Allen's 
father's estate. In this age of short hours of labor for me- 
chanics and others, we would call attention to the fact that in 
Mr. Smith's day carpenters worked from sun to sun. He often 
rose at 4 o'clock in the morning walked two miles to his work 
with a kit of tools on his back, and continued until sundown on 
the longest summer day. Children : 

Melancthan, b. Oct. 28, 1805, m. Lucy Ann Hunt, res. Boston. 

Rebecca E.. b. Apr. 25, 1808, d. July 25. 1888. 

Orlando, b. July 3. 181 1, d. Mar. 23 1865, settled in Boston, m. 

Harriet Brumet. Child, Orlando M., b. in Dover, June 13, 1838. 
Reuben, b. Apr. 7, 1814, d. Apr. 10, 1814. 
Lucius, b. Oct. 22, 1815, d. Jan. 28, 1886. 
Clarissa A., b. June 9. 1818, d. Mar. 9, 1893, m. June 10, 1849, 

David E. Allen. 


12) Abner L., b. Jan. 23, 1823, d. Aug. 15, 1876. 

William F b. Dec. 16, 1826, d. Aug. 11. 1878. He married first 
Caroline Cobb, 2ndly Ann Cobb, both of Dover, res Cleve- 
land, O. 

10. Rufus6 (EbenezerS, Ebenezer^, Joseph^, AsaheP, Rob- 
erti), b. Nov. 29, 1785, m. Sept. 15, 1806. Achsah Ingram of 
Amherst, d. Oct. 8, 1819, m. 2ndly, 1821, Elizabeth Browning, 
d. Dec. 29, 1872. He lived in Dover for a time, where several 
of his children were born, then took up his residence in Wil- 
mington, Vt. ; later moved to Amherst and died in Colerain, 
May 22, 1868. Children : 

Catherine R., b. Sept. 5, 1807. 

Mary, b. Feb. 4, 181 1, d. 1839. 

Louise, b. 1817, d. Nov. 24, 1887. 

Ansel, b. Dec. 29, 1816. res. Coierain 

Barbara A., b. May 6, 1819. 

Horace A., b. 182 — , was a missionary to India. 

Elizabeth, b. 1827. 

11. Lewis^ (Lewis^, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Joseph^, Asahel-, 
Robert^), b. Feb. 22, 1808, m. Oct. 31, 1838, Mary S., dau. Na- 
thaniel and Mary (Stodder) Wilson, b. Oct. 31, 1838, d. Nov. 
14, 1842. He m. 2ndly, May 10, 1845, Eliza, dau. Nathaniel 
and Mary (Stodder) Wilson, b. Feb. 25, 1821 ; d. Oct. 23, 1880. 
m. 3rdly, Nov. 26, 1882, Mrs. Hannah Allen, widow of Jared 
Allen and dau. of John and Ruth (Tolman) Dickerman, b. May 
20, 1807, d. Jan. 4. 1899. He died Dec. 3, 1888. Mr. Smith 
united with farming, a retail milk business, and was the first to 
engage in this business which has become an industry in the 
town. He sold the farm of his father and purchased the small 
place on Farm street, formerly owned by John M. Brown. 
Children : 

Lewis Jr., b. Nov. 12, 1843. m. Aug. 2, 1866, Hattie F. Pratt, res. 

Mary F., b. Jan. 17, 1839. d. Dec. 27, 1&S8. 
Frederick E., b. Feb. 9, 1846, m. May 28, 1872, Ida D. Albee res 

Annie E., b. Dec. 24. 1849, d. Apr. 2, 1882. 
Alice A., b. Feb. 24, 1854. res. Boston. 

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12. Abner" Lewis (Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Ebenezer*, Jo- 
seph^, Asahel-, Robert^), b. Jan. 23, 1823, m. June 10, 1849, 
Mary W., dau. Isaac and Betsey (Williams) Howe, b. May 10, 
1828, d. June 24, 1910. He d. Aug. 15, 1876. Mr. Smith pur- 
chased the Howland farm on Farm street, and developed and 
improved it, in the setting out of a fine orchards and beautiful 
shade trees. He was for many years chairman of the board of 
selectmen, town clerk and constable. He also represented the 
town in the General Court. Children: 

(13) Charles Hunt, b. Apr. 5. 1850. 

(14) Allen Francis, b. Sept. 27, 1862, m. May 15, 1888, Mrs. Edella 

D. Norton, b. Nov. 17, 1848. 
George Melancthan, b. Nov. 4, 1869, d. Sept. 22, 1890. 

13. Charles^ Hunt (Abner', Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Ebene- 
zer*, Joseph^, AsaheF, Robert^), b. Apr. 5, 1850, m. Nov. 14, 
1876, Mary, dau. of Capt. John and Mary (Hardy) Humphrey, 
b. Aug. 22, 1852. Mr. Smith succeeded his father as town clerk; 
he was chairman of the board of selectmen, and was appointed 
treasurer of Norfolk County in 1890, and elected to the office the 
following year. In 1891 he took up his residence in Dedham, 
where he d. in office July 16, 1906. Children: 

Bessie Mary, b. Aug. 6, 1877, m. Ross W. Baker, Dedham. 

Maud Clara, b. Oct. i, 1880. m. James Humphreys, Dedham. 

Abner Humphrey, b. Oct. 24, 1882, m. Ethel Webb. res. Dedham. 

Edith Hardy, b. Sept. 20. 1884. 

Edward Allen, b. Dec, 1886. d. Jan., 1887. 

Anson Howe, b. Feb. 14, 1890. 

Celia Marsh, b. Dec. 8, 1896. 

14. Allen^ Francis (Abner'', Ebenezer^, Ebenezer^, Ebene- 
zer-*, Joseph^, Asahel-, Robert^), b. Sept. 2.y, 1862, m. May 15; 
1888, Mrs. Edella D. (Chickering) Norton, widow of T. Cooley 
Norton and dau. of James and Phebe Ann (Thompson) Chick- 
ering, b. Nov. 17, 1848. Mr. Smith is a farmer and insurance 
agent. He has been for many years a member of the school 
committee and an assessor and at one time held the office of 


town clerk, succeeding his father and brother, Charles H. Smith. 
Qiild (by adoption) : 

Willard, b. Dec. 5, 1895. 

15. Barak'^ (Caleb^, CaleW), was bom in Needham, m. Aug. 
30, 1782, Abigail, dau. Ebenezer and Hannah (Allen) Battelle, 
b. Jan. 28, 1764. He moved to Ashford, Conn., previous to 
1800. Mr. Smith was in the Springfield Parish during the entire 
Revolutionary period and did good service in various places. It 
does not appear that he was an owner of real estate here. Chil- 

(16) Jabez, b. Aug. 13, 1784, m. Mar. 5. 1807. Chloe Richards. 
Nabby, b. Sept. 20. 1786. 
Deborah, b. Apr. 20, 1789. 
Barak, b. Sept. 16, 1791. 
Mehitable, b. Feb. 19, 1794. 
Lucy, b. Sept. 24, 1796., b. 

16. Jabez^ (Barak^, Caleb-, Caleb^), b. Aug. 18, 1784, m. Mar. 
5, 1807, Ghloe, dau. Abiather, Jr., and Elizabeth (Richards) 
Richards, b. Sept. 13, 1782. Mr. Smith removed from Ashford, 
Conn., to Wilmington, Vt., in 1816. Children: 






Catherine E. 

Chloe L. 

T/. Thomas" (Titus^, George-''. Samuel'*, SamueP, Samuel-, 
Henryi), b. 1799, m. 1825, Eliza Wadsworth, dau. Moses and 
Elizabeth (Tisdale) Wadsworth. b. June 15, 1806. d. Sept. 12, 
1883. He d. June 9, 1878. Mr. Smith was descended from 
Henry Smith who came from England in 1637 with his wife 
Elizabeth and two sons. He first settled in Dedham, but moved 
to Medfield in 1651-52, where he was a trusted citizen. Thomas 


Smith inherited the farm of his wife's father on County street 
and estabhshed in connection the manufacture of brushes. He 
was a man of musical and inventive genius. 

As a musician he was of note in the vicinity. On the street 
he played a fife, and his execution on that instrument was such 
as to cause his services to be constantly in demand wherever such 
music was required. He composed and arranged considerable 
music adapted to this instrument. He played the flute in the 
days before the advent of the church organ, when various instru- 
ments were used to accompany the singers in church choirs, and 
the tunes which he produced, from this instrument, were consid- 
ered as good as could be obtained by any player in New England. 
He was a good judge of vocal music and served as a choir 
director for many years. When about sixty years of age he 
conceived a desire to play the piano. He purchased an instru- 
ment of the highest grade and applied himself with such a degree 
of patience that he became quite proficient as a player of the 
pianoforte. Mr. Smith's inventive genius was noticeable in many 
ways, in improvements in tools, machinery and methods used 
in the line of his business, the manufacture of brushes. He 
made the best whitewash brushes on the market and invented 
the process of utilizing the natural curve of bristles so that his 
brushes kept their shape while in use much better than others 
which was a great advantage to the workman. While he ex- 
celled in the manufacture of whitewash brushes, his paint and 
floor brushes were also in great demand. 

His genius was also noticeable in the machinery, vehicles and 
appliances used in working his farm. "Every invention," says 
one who remembers him, "seemed to be in the line of a saving 
in human strength or of time." Among his many inventions 
was a patent mouthpiece to be used in playing the fife or flute, 
when the player's lips became too tired to use in the ordinary 
way. He is believed to have had the first kerosene lamp ever 
used in town. Mr. Smith left no children. 

Robert^ (Johni), b. Mar. 28, 1839, in Ayershire, Scotland, m. 


Apr. 9, 1862, Mary A., dau. of William and Catherine (Chal- 
mers) Hill, b. Apr. 19, 1842. Children: 

Hill W., b. Mar. 4, 1867. 
Robert H., b. May 13, 1872. 


1. Alexander" Soule (James*', Ephraim^, Zacheriah*, Benja- 
min^, John-, George^), son of James and Molly (Holmes) 
Soule, was b. July 14, 1795, m. Apr. 3, 1823, Hannah, dau. Mi- 
chael and Hannah (Baker) Draper, b. Sept. 10, 1797, d. Dec. 
17, 1893. He d. Apr. 15, 1878. The Dover family is descended 
from George Soule, one of the signers of the Mayflower Com- 
pact. He was a man of strong personality which he made to be 
felt during his whole life. He early settled in Duxbury and as 
a military man his services were several times given in fighting 
the Indians. In Plymouth he was early chosen a n:}ember of a 
committee to draw up an order concerning disorderly "drink- 
ing of tobacco," as smoking was then called. The Soules were 
originally a seafaring people and it is said "they could fish, 
trade and sail their own vessels." Members of this family 
married into both the Standish and Alden families. Mr. Soule 
carne to Dover from Oxford, Maine, his native place. He oc- 
cupied for many years the farm of his father-in-law, Michael 
Draper, on Farm street, which is now owned by Andrew J. 
Peters. He was a very jovial man and always full of jokes and 
fun. He was a Captain in the militia, a soldier in the War of 
1812, and a member of Constellation Lodge A. F. & A. M. of 
Dedham. Children: 

Charles Otis. b. Oct. 27, 1823, d. June 22. 1826. 

Martha, b. Apr. 2. 1826, m. May 5, 1844, Linus Bliss. 

Eliza Draper, b. Dec. 29. 1828, m. June 17, 1852. Lowell Colbum. 

Mary Baker, b. Feb. 10, 1831, m. 1851, Ephraim Wilson. 

2. Ephraim" (Daniel', Ephraim^, Zacheriah'*, Benjamin^, 
John^, George"^), m. June 11, 1809, Sally Colburn of Dedham. 


He had for some years a farm on Dedham street (Stan wood 
place) and seems to have also lived in Boston and Dedham. 
The following children are recorded in Dover: 

Ephraim A., b. Apr. 14, 1810, in Boston. 

Lemuel C, b. Mar. 23, 1812, in Boston. 

Betsey S., b. Aug. 19^ 1814, in Dedham. 

Francis, b. Sept. 23, 1819, in Dedham. 

Angeline, b. June 9, 1820, in Dover. 

Sarah C, b. June 23, 1823, in Dover, d. Dec. 2, 1823. 


Walter- Stowe (Samuel^) was born in Sherborn, Oct. 29, 
1788, being a son of Samuel and Patty Stowe. He m. Mar. 4, 
1813, Cynthia, dau. Seth and Mary (Wight) Wight, b. June 7, 
1790, d. Feb. 23, 1870. He d. Jan. 29, 1864. He was descended 
from John Stowe, who with his wife Elizabeth, came to New 
England in 1634, in one of Winthrop's Companies and settled 
in Roxbury. Walter Stowe was a captain in the militia and a 
wide-awake and daring fellow. He bought land and built the 
WiUiam Condrick house on Hartford street. He owned and 
opened the quarry, from which the granite was taken for the 
Norfolk County Court House at Dedham. The stone is of fine 
quality, and is now used for monumental as well as building 
purposes. The territory in the immediate vicinity of Mr. 
Stowe's farm has long been infested by rattlesnakes. Mr, 
Stowe knew their dens so well that in the spring of the year he 
could go out, and in a short time return with a dead rattlesnake. 
In hunting rattlesnakes he usually killed them with the flail 
which he used in threshing grain. He had little fear of them. 
On one occasion he chased a rattlesnake into a stone wall, and 
as its tail protruded, he took hold of it and pulled the snake 
out, expecting, Indian fashion, to snap its head off, but the alert- 
ness of the snake exceeded his expectation, and in an instant he 
buried his fangs in Mr. Stowe's coat sleeve, and his life was 
saved only by the thickness of his coat. The town of Medfield 
gave a bounty on rattlesnakes for many years, but this custom 



was never practiced by Dover. Mr. Stowe came upon a rattle- 
snake one day which was some distance east of the Medfield 
line; he drove the snake, however, with his whip into Medfield, 
where he killed it. and claimed the bounty offered by the town. 
Children : 

Cynthia, b. June 13, 1813, m. May .^o. 1838, Cyrus Pickering. 

Walter D., b. Oct. 21, 1815, settled in Milford. 
Samuel, b. Jan. 31, 1818, m. 1837, Martha C. Buck, settled in 

Maine and was a conductor on the Grand Trunk Railroad. 
(2) Albert, b. June 21. 1820. 

2. .'Xlbert- (Walter^), b. June 21, 1820, m. 1848, Mary Jane 
Hersey, of So. Paris, Maine, b. 1824, d. Mar. 5, 1870. He m. 
2ndly Mrs. Susan M. Morse of Holliston and soon after moved 
from town. He died Mar. 8, 1888. Mr. Stowe occupied the 
homestead on Hartford street for many years. He lost an arm 
in transporting the stone pillars of the Dedham Court House. 
The stone was drawn by twenty-five horses and in the manipula- 
tion of a brake Mr. Stowe was thrown under a wheel and his 
arm crushed. He always bore testimony to the sense of the 
presence of the missing member. After its amputation he com- 
plained of the cramped position of the fingers, and relief was 
only obtained by putting the amputated arm in a restful and 
comfortable position. Mr. Stowe used his one arm with great 
dexterity and in the winter season made a business of chopping 
cord wood. He, however, met his death in thi^ work, in Mil- 
ford, through the lodgment of a tree which suddenly fell upon 
him. Children : 

Elvira, b. Feb. 19, 1850. m. Jan. 13, 1872, Eli H. Whitney, Westboro. 

d. Jan. 6, 1896, leaving a numerous family. 
Albert, b. Jan. 13. 1858, d. Oct. 24, 1890. 


Cornelius- Sullivan (David^), was a son of David and Mary 
(Barrett) Sullivan and was born in Ireland. He married Char- 







lotte, dau. of Arnold and Dolly Ross (Bemis) Wight, b. Dec. 

23, 1829, d. Mar. 17, 1915. He d. Feb. 28, 1902. Mr. Sullivan 
has the distinction of being the first of the Celtic race to settle 
in Dover. As a boy he worked in the store of Theodore Gay 
at West Dedham. Arnold Wight, who used to walk across 
from Strawberry hill to Gay's store, was probably impressed 
by the boy who later entered his employ and in time wedded 
his daughter. Children : 

Mary, b. Aug. 7, 1847, res. Needham. 

John A., b. July 3, 1851, res. Needham. 

Amy H., b. Mar. 16, 1854. m. J. W. Higgins. 

C. Frank, b. Apr. 22, 1856, m. Addie Sweat, res. Florida. 


I. Asa^ Talbot (Enoclr^, Josiah^, Ebenezer'^, George-, Peteri), 
b. in Sharon, Apr. 15, 1816, m. Apr. 15, 1840, Elizabeth, dau. 
Daniel and Nabby (Richards) Hodges, b. Sept. 4, 18 19, d. Sept. 

24, 1892. He d. Oct. 21, 1910. Mr. Talbot had the distinction 
of being the first person to use the gold-headed cane presented 
to the town by the Boston Post to go in succession to the old- 
est male resident of Dover. 

He was descended from Peter Talbot, the emigrant who 
came from England about 1670 and settled in Dorchester. He 
was one of the founders of Chelmsford, but returned to Dor- 
chester about 1684, residing in that part of the town which af- 
terwards became Stoughton. Mr. Talbot's grandfather, Josiah 
Talbot, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War and took part 
at the battle of Saratoga. His father served in the war of 1812 
and his son in the Civil War. Asa Talbot moved to Dover 
from Sharon in 1853 ^^^ purchased the farm which he so long 
occupied on Farm street. He learned the trade of a cabinet 
maker and for a time followed that occupation. He carried on 
for many years a milk business in connection with his farm. 
Mr. Talbot was the town sexton for many years, and nine times 
elected to the board of selectmen. He was a respected citizen 


and a deacon of the First Parish Church. Mrs. Talbot was 
brought up in the faith of the Friends and always exhibited in 
her life the simplicity and kindly spirit of this peace-loving 
people. Their two children were born in Sharon. Children : 

Levi A., b. June ii, 1842, m. Nov. 24, 1881, Bessie Bell, res. Tim- 
water, Washington. 
Frederick, b. Dec. 25, 1844, d. Feb. 26, 1908. 


George^ Hillard Thompson (Charles Bush^, Moses*, Nathan^, 
James^, James"^), son of George H. and Elizabeth D. (Fagan) 
Thompson, was b. in New Braintree, May 22, 1863, m., Dec. 10, 
1887, Adelaide Evora, dau. Frederick Harrison and Susan 
Elizabeth (Ware) Wight, b. June 28, 1863. Mr. Thompson is 
descended in the sixth generation from James Thompson, who 
came to this country from the north of Ireland in 17 19, bring- 
ing his family with him. He is also descended in the ninth 
generation from Edward Doty of the Mayflower, a signer of 
the Compact in Provincetown Harbor. Children : 

Georgia Elizabeth*!, b. Sept. 10, 1888. m. Geo. D. Hanchett. 
Grace Wight*!, b. May i. 1891. 

Charles Bush*, b. Nov. 28, 1892. student at Dartmouth. 
Ruth Whiting* J. b. Feb. i. 1895. 

Annah Frances*, b. Oct. 12, 1897, student Framingham. Normal 

tGraduate Boston University. 

*Rorn in New Braintree. 

JGraduate Bridgewater Normal School 


I. Henry^ Tisdale (James-*, James^, James-, Johni), b. July 
31, 1750, m. Jan. 4, 1774, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Sarah (Whit- 
ing) Fisher, b. Dec. 20, 1754, d. Oct. 27, 181 5. He died Dec. 
25, 1814. Mr. Tisdale settled on the Hartford Turnpike (John 
V. Schaffner farm), and this place was for more than a cen- 
tury the Tisdale homestead. This family is descended from 


John Tisdale, who located in Duxbury in 1636 and subsequently 
moved to Taunton. He is said to be the ancestor from whom 
all the Tisdales in America trace their origin. He was killed 
by the Indians in 1675, during King Philip's War. His grand- 
son, James Tisdale, moved to Lebanon, Conn. The Dover 
family is descended from the Lebanon branch. Henry, Bill- 
ings and James Tisdale, brothers, came to Dover previous to 
the Revolution. The first two named settled in Dover, while 
James lived just across the line in Walpole (Alfred B. Tisdale 
place). They were related to Nathan Tisdale of Lebanon, a 
graduate of Harvard, and a teacher of wide reputation. He 
was an instructor of John Trumbull, the celebrated American 
artist, who thus spoke of his early instructor: "He labored with 
an assiduity and fidelity of the most exalted character and be- 
came so widely known that he had scholars from the West In- 
dia Islands, Georgia, North and South Carolina, as well as from 
New England and the northern colonies." 

James Tisdale belonged to the Medfield Company of Minute 
Men. He was later commissioned a Captain and went with 
his company, under Arnold, on that terrible expedition through 
the wilderness of Maine to operate against Quebec. He was 
taken a prisoner and wounded at Quebec. The following ex- 
tract taken from a letter written at Quebec in 1776 is of inter- 
est : "I have suffered cold, wet, hunger and imprisonment. I 
was made a prisoner the 31st of December last, and that day 
I received a wound through my right shoulder in breaking into 
Quebec. Still with a good heart, poor clothes and no money, 
but a good conscience, I remain etc., etc." This letter fairly 
illustrates the spirit of the American soldier in the Revolution. 
The Tisdale family has long been celebrated for retentive mem- 
ories. It is said of Fisher Tisdale, who was a very constant 
attendant at the First Parish Church, that he could accurately 
repeat after the service the sermon and prayer of the minister. 
He had such a remarkable memory that he could give long 
years afterwards, the date of almost any important event. 


Children : 

Fisher, b. Apr. 20, 1774, d. Sept. 26, 1856. 
Sally, b. Dec. 14, 1777, m. July 2, 1800, Joseph Newell. 
(2) James, b. Oct. 2, 1780. 

2. James'' (Henry', James*, James'', James-, John\), b. 1780, 
m. Nov. 21, 1805, Olive, dau. Ebenezer and Catherine (Rich- 
ards) Smith, b. Nov. 21, 1780, d. July 2, 1852. He d. Oct. 29, 
1854. Mr. Tisdale lived on the homestead on Hartford street. 
He was a captain in the militia. The Tisdale family has been 
in many ways prominent in Dover affairs. For several gener- 
ations they have been auctioneers, and the business is still rep- 
resented by members of the family. James Tisdale was the 
first resident to sell at "public vandue," as auctions were for 
many years called. He was a prominent auctioneer and had 
sales in the surrounding country for forty miles around. He 
was said to be able to draw a bigger crowd than any other auc- 
tioneer of his time. He kept the company in a roar of laugh- 
ter from the time the sale commenced to its close. He was 
quick-witted and bidders never get the better of him. He was 
a very jovial man and a great writer of doggerels,* which were 
repeated for many years, around Dover, W'alpole and Medheld 

Capt. James Tisdale was one of the party who pursued Jason 
Fairbanks, the alleged murderer of Eliza Fales of Dedham. 
Fairbanks escaped from Dedham Jail and had almost reached 
the Canada line, when stopping for breakfast on the Vermont 
side he was captured by Capt. Tisdale and his associates and 
brought back to Dedham. If Fairbanks had not stopped for 
breakfast, he would not have been captured. Children : 

Penelope, b. Nov. 2, 1806, m. Sept. 11. 1843. D. B. Commins, 

Orleus Aurelius, b. Oct. 18. 1809. m. 1836. Laura Harding, res. 


*His account of a Dover Town Meeting a century ago is found in the archives 
of the Dover Historical Society. 


James P.. b. Apr. 9, 181 1, m. 1849, Laura A. Wood, res. Walpole. 

(3) William, b. July 23. 1813, m. Sybil C. Tisdale. 

3. William'^ (James*^, Henry^, James"*, James,^ James-, Johni), 
b. July 23, 181 3, m. Nov. 17, 1839, Sybil Clark, dau. Peter Clark 
and Sally (French) Tisdale, b. 1812, d. Feb. 18, 1872. He 
died Nov. 20, 1893. ^r. Tisdale lived on the homestead on 
Hartford street. He was a prominent resident and for many 
years an assessor of the town. At the time of his death he had 
a more extended knowledge of the land of the town, with the 
bounds of lots, than any other resident. His knowledge in this 
respect was remarkable, as he could locate and bound wood 
lots of which the owners were utterly ignorant. The pages 
of the Narrative History of Dover were greatly enriched by 
his accurate knowledge and interest in the affairs of the town. 
In the life of \\'illiam Tisdale we have honesty personified. 
It is the testimony of men, long in business, that he was the 
most honest man with whom they ever had dealings. "An hon- 
est man the noblest work of God." 

There was a certain kind of music in homes a half century 
ago, the music of the flute and the violin, yet instrumental mu- 
sic was not so common as today. An orchestra met for many 
years at the house of William Tisdale, which was not only a 
source of pleasure to the members, but also to a large number 
of visitors. Nearly all the members of this orchestra have 
joined the great majority, but these pleasant occasions still lin- 
ger in the memory of those who were then but boys and girls. 
The orchestra consisted of Samuel F. Allen, ist violin, leader 
and prompter; Henry L. Pettee, ist violin; Rufus Draper, 2d 
violin and cornet ; Wm. Tisdale, flute ; Mrs. Wm. Tisdale, pi- 
ano ; Timothy Allen, base horn; Fisher A. Allen, tambourine, 
triangle and bells. This orchestra played most of the popular 
music of the day with much skill and sometimes met at the 
homes of different members. Children: 

(4) Ansel K., b. Jan. 8. 1841, m. Caroline M. Dunn. 

Alfred B.. b. Mar. 20. 1846. m. Feb. 21. 1869, Susan A. Bussey, d. 
Sept. II, 1885, res. Walpole. 


4. Ansel^ K. (William"^, Janies^, Henry^, Janies^, James^, 
James^, John^), b. Jan. 8, 1841, m. June 26, 1867, Caroline M., 
dau. of Theodore and Caroline (Babcock) Dunn, b. Mar. 29, 
1842. He died Aug. 10, 191 1. Mr. Tisdale lived on Springdale 
avenue, where he built, in 1872, a go'od specimen of the French 
roof house which was then common. He was for a time in 
the straw business with a cart on the road; later he was en- 
gaged as a wholesale confectioner. He was for more than 
forty years a correspondent of the Dedham Transcript, and 
many years connected with the Boston Herald, Boston Cour- 
ier, and other Boston papers. He was a member of the Grand 
Army, Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, and Presi- 
dent of the Dover Historical Society. Child : 

William T., b. Aug. 3, 1872, m. Mar. 31, 1897, Annie M. Clark, Fra- 
mingham, res. AUston. 

Billings^ (James^ James^, James^, John^), b. Mar. 16, 1749, 
m. Mar. 4, 1780, Charlotte, dau. Oliver and Mary (Plimpton) 
Ellis of Medfield, b. 1762, d. Nov. 13, 1844. He d. Feb. 14, 
181 5. Mr. Tisdale purchased the farm now owned by Charles 
J. Bradbury, on County street. Child: 

Elizabeth, b. Mar. 12, 1781, m. Moses Wadsworth. 


Abiathar^ Richmond Tuck (Joseph^), son of Joseph and Anna 
(Richmond) Tuck, was born in Temple, Maine, Oct. 21, 1820, 
m. Nov. 30, 1848, Dorcas Annf, dau. of George and Hannah 
(Guild) Chickering, b. Oct. 29, 1827, d. Oct. 25, 1863, m. 2ndly 
Oct. 30, 1867, Mrs. Margaret (Fearing) Bartlett, b. Mar. 9, 
1839, d. Feb. 18, 1888. He died Aug. 3, 1895. Mr. Tuck was a 
painter by trade and later a merchant. He kept a grocery store 
at South Natick, where he lived for many years, also a store at 

tThey were married in the First Parish Meeting House immediately after the 
Thanksgiving service, which illustrates a New England custom which was common 
for many years. 


Charles River. He later took up his residence in Dover and 
built the house on Farm street now ov^^ned by J. Story Fay, 3rd. 
Children : 

Lizzie A., b. Nov. 9, 1851, m. Apr. 19, 1883, Charles H. Chickering. 

George R., b. Dec. 21, 1853, res. Needham. 

Eddie, b. Jan. 16, 1862, d. Mar. i, 1862. 

Mary I., b. July 21, 1870, d. Jan. 11, 1884. 

Marion E., b. Nov. 15, 1872, m. J. William Crisp, Needham. 

Jennie L., b. Aug. 7, 1874. 

Edna F., b. May 7, 1876, m. Elwyn L. Thorp. 


Jonathan^ Upham (Thomas^), b. Jan. 4, 1776, m. Oct. 24, 
1804, Mehitable, dau. Aaron and Mehitable (Smith) Whiting, 
b. Dec. 12, 1784, d. Nov. 10, 1864. He d. May 26, 1837. Mr. 
Upham was a native of Weston. He w^as a paper manufacturer. 
His wife inherited a part of the original homestead on Spring- 
dale avenue. This family represents all the traditions and cus- 
toms of the town. In summer time many a housewife, after 
the evening meal, went into the woods, basket in hand, and 
gathered checkerberry leaves, liver-wort, sarsaparilla and pnie 
buds for the brew of hop beer, which was drunk by the whole 
family in haying time. This was brewed with yeast and a few 
days after bottling had considerable "pop" to it. The general 
health of the people probably suffered from mouth breathing; 
in cold weather men took the precaution to tie a silk handker- 
chief over the mouth, when trying to keep the cold air out of 
their lungs. Doctors recommended this practice instead of in- 
sisting upon nose breathing, the importance of which is now gen- 
erally recognized in this day of microbes, as well as deep breath- 
ing, to reduce the fatty accumulations of the body by means of 
the oxygen taken into the system. Mr. Upham sold from the 
farm two lots on which the First Parish and Evangelical Con- 
gregational meeting-houses now stand. His house was burned 
Nov. 10, 1864, and Mrs. Upham perished in the flames. Her son 
Walter, with whom she lived, was away from home at the time. 


He was engaged in business in Boston and did not rebuild. Chil- 
dren : 

Sarah, b. Nov. 5, 1805. m. June 23. 1824, Adolphus Smith, Newton. 
Walter W., b. June 15, 1809, m. Martha Wyman, Boston. He d. 

Aug. II, 1883. 


Moses Wadsworth, b. 1779, m. 1805 Elizabeth, dau Billings 
and Charlotte (Ellis) Tisdale, b. Mar. 12, 178 1, d. Nov. 12, 1870. 
He d. Apr. 11, 1852. Mr. Wadsworth was a farmer and lived 
on his father-in-law's farm on County street (Bradbury farm). 
Mr. Moses Ellis thus speaks of him: Mr. Wadsworth was a tidy 
farmer, polite and kind; we boys called him "Sir." He rode to 
town frequently in his "covered wagon" and seemed happy to 
give us boys a ride and lots of good advice. Mr. Wadsworth 
was a great story-teller, like many others in the vicinity, and al- 
ways aimed to beat the last story told. An instance is related of 
a man telling him he had seen a gymnast set a long ladder on 
end, go up to the top of it, balance over the top, and come down 
the other side. "O, that is nothing," said Mr. W. "I saw a fel- 
low once go up to the top of a ladder that way and then pull 
it up after him." Children: 

Eliza, b. June 15, 1806, m. 1825, Thomas Smith. 
James, b. Dec. 11, 1807, d. Sept. 18, 1825. 
George, b. Feb. 19, 1811. 
John, b. Nov. 2, 1817. d. Nov. 4, 1817. 


1. Patrick^ Wall (William^), was born in Kilkenney, Ireland, 
in Dec. 1816, m. at Watertown in 1850 Eliza, dau. Martin and 
Eliza Nash, who was born in Kilkenny in 1825, d. Aug. 18, 1902. 
He d. Jan. 11, 1890. After a few months' residence in Welles- 
ley, Mr. and Mrs. Wall settled in Dover and for many years 
owned the Dandrow farm on Dedham street, where all of their 
children were born. Mr. Wall was a soldier in the Civil War 


and notwithstanding he sustained the loss of his left leg, he was 
a very active man. All of his sons are prominent business men, 
including three who are located in Boston (Joseph J., James E. 
and Philip H.). Children: 

William H., b. Nov. 19, 1850, m. Apr. 26, 1871, Sarah L. Stone. 
Martin, b. Mar., 1852, d. Nov. 26, 1874. 
(2) John F., b. Sept. 12, 1854, m. 1870. Jennie C. Hill. 
Edward, b. Feb. 20, 1855, d. Sept. 4, 1875. 
Mary, b. Aug. 15, 1856," d. Dec, 1869. 
Thomas, b. Apr. 26, 1858. 

Joseph J., b. Feb. 26, i860, m. Sept. 24. 1884. Lulu M. Marriott. 
James E., b. Jan. 11, 1863, m. June 4, 1902, Mary E. Lyons. 
Henry, b. Dec. 19. 1863. 

Elizabeth W., b. Dec. 20, 1865, m. Oct. 10. 1900, John H. Naylor, 
George F., b. Apr. 19, 1868, m. Apr. 20. 1897, Mary L. Drury. 
Philip H., b. Aug. 11, 1870. m. Oct. 22. 1907. Hannah M. Harris. 

2. John^ F. Wall (Patrick^), m. Jan. 29, 1871. Jennie C, 
dau of William and Catherine (Chalmers) Hill, b. Apr. 11, 
1 85 1. Mr. Plill moved from Dover to Norfolk in 1873. Chil- 
dren : 

Kittie C, b. Oct. 26, 1872. 
Amy L., b. Sept. 16, 1881. 


Alonzo- Wentworth (Joel^), b. Aug. 5, 1829, m. Jan. 21, 1855, 
Helen M., dau. Nathaniel and Sarah D. (Home) Meserve, b. 
July 18, 1834. Joel \\'entworth and his son Alonzo purchased 
the Fisher Allen farm on Bridge street in 1862, moving here 
from Cranston, R. I. The Wentworths were natives of Wake- 
field, N. H., to which town Alonzo Wentworth returned with 
his family in 1872. Joel Wentworth died in Dover Oct. 2, 1865, 
and his widow returned to Wakefield with her son, where she 
died Mar. 27, 1879. Alonzo Wentworth d. July 5, 1903. Chil- 
dren : 

Estella C, b. Aug. 19, 1858, d. Sept. 10. 1874. 

Dora G.. b. Sept. 7, 1861, m. Feb. 1879, Jerome A. Glidden, Wake- 
field, N. H. 


Edwin O.', b. May 19, 1871, m. Jan. i, 1893, Annie M. Clifford, res. 

Los Angeles, California. 
Amy G., b. July 18, 1880. 

'Born in Dover. 


I. Jonathan^ Whiting (Jonathan-, Nathaniel^), son of Jona- 
than and Rachel (Thorp) Whiting was b. Nov. 8, 1696, m. Jan. 
27, 1725-26, Anna, dau. William and Elizabeth (Avery) 
Bullard, b. ]\'Lay 28, 1705, d. May 27, 1767. He d. Feb. 28, 
1764. Mr. Whiting was the first member of the Whiting family 
to take up his residence here. He settled at the centre of the 
town in 1726, on the farm known in recent years as the 
McNamara place on Springdale avenue. He was descended 
from Nathaniel Whiting, who came to this country from Lin- 
colnshire, England, in 1638. He first settled in Lynn, but soon 
after took up his residence in Dedham, where he was a mill 
owner. The Whiting family is one of the oldest in Dover and 
now after nearly two hundred years has no direct representa- 
tive in town. Children: 

(2) William, b". Jan. 11, 1726-7. 

Anna, b. Jan. 6, 1728, m. Aug. 15, 1752, Jeremiah Bacon. 

(3) Jonathan, b. Apr. 13, 1731. 

(4) Daniel, b. Feb. 5, 1732-3. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 10, 1734-5, m. Trinity Church, Boston, June 
28, 1758, William Draper, Roxbury. 

Abigail, b. July 9, 1737, m. Capt. Samuel Sanger, Sherborn. 

Nathan, b. May 10, 1739, m. Nancy Newell, and settled in Need- 

(5) Ithamar, b. Apr. 12, 1741. 

Jemima, b. June 13, 1742, m. June 14, 1764, Elias Haven. 
Hannah, b. Sept. 14, 1743, m. Dec. 25, 1764, Josiah Newell, Jr., 
Needham. „ 

(6; Aaron, b. Dec. 3, 1745. 

2. William^ (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. Jan. 11, 
1726-7, m. April 11, 1754, Hannah, dau. Caleb and Hannah 
(Pratt) Ellis, b. Feb. 11, 1736-7. He d. Feb. 16, 1808. Mr. 
WTiiting's house stood on the site of the Dunn estate. He was 



The Grist Mill zvas used from the first settlement in 1640 


one of the business men of the Parish, being the owner of the 
tannery on Spring brook, in which business he was engaged 
for nearly half a century. Children: 

Caleb, b. Nov. i8, 1754, d. Dec. 6, 1754. 
Caleb, b. Sept. 19, 1755, d. Nov. 5, 1770. 
William, b. Oct. 31, 1756. d. Mar. 29, 1762. 

Jabez, b. Jan. 11, 1758, m. Oct. 27, 1779, Rebecca Ellis, res. Cam- 
Hannah, b. Apr. 13, 1759, d. Mar. 27, 1759. 
Ellis, b. Sept. 20, 1760. 

(7) William, b. Apr. 11, 1762. 

Hannah, b. July 2, 1765, d. in infancy. 

Hannah, b. Apr. 10, 1768, m. Dec. 25, 1788, Nathan Draper. 

Caleb, b. Mar. 24, 1770. 

Joshua, b. Mar. 24, 1770, d. Mar. 30, 1770. 

Joshua, b. Sept. 18, 1771, d. Oct. 5, 1771. 

Juletta, b. ]May i, 1777. m. Aug. 5, 1802, Hezekiah Allen. 

(8) Enoch, b. July 18, 1781, m. Oct. 13, 180—, Catharine Smith, set- 

tled in Amherst. 

3. Jonathan* (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. April 
13, 1731, m. June 15, 1756, Elizabeth, dau. Josiah and Sarah 
(Mclntire) Newell of Needham, b. April 20, 1735, d. June 10, 
1814. He. d. Aug. 5, 1770. Mrs. Whiting m. 2ndly Nov. 25, 
1777, Nathaniel Fisher. Mr. Whiting first occupied and cleared 
the farm on Charles River, bounded east by Center street, and 
south by the Clay brook road, now owned by Charles H. W. 
Foster. Children : 

Elizabeth, b. . 

Luther, b. Nov. 10, 1758, d. young! 

Calvin, b. Nov. 10, 1758, d. young. 

Betty, b. Mar. 14, 1761. 

Reuben, b. Oct. 24, 1763. 

Persis. b. Jan. 22, 1766. 

Cynthia, b. Mar. 28, 1768, m. June 24, 1799, Frederick Richards, 

Calvin, b. Mar. 4, 1771 (posth.) 

4. Daniel** (Jonathan^, Jonathan-, Nathaniel), b. Feb. 5, 
1732-3, m. 1 761, Mehitable, dau. Daniel and Mehitable (Haven) 
Haven, b. Aug. 8, 1734, d. June, 1775. He died in Natick, Oct. 
17, 1807. Mr. Whiting built and occupied as his home that part 


of the Williams Tavern which fronted on Dedham street. Dan- 
iel Whiting attained the highest rank of any resident of Dedham 
in the Revolutionary War*. Heitman in his Historical Register 
of officers in the Continental Army, thus gives his service. 
Captain in Brewer, Mass., Reg. May to Dec. 1775, Captain 6th 
Continental Infantry, 1766, Major 7th Mass. Jan. 1777, Lieut. 
Col. 6th Mass. 29, Sept. 1778. Retired Jan. 1781. Daniel Whit- 
ing commanded a company of soldiers at the Battle of Bunker 
Hill, when on the evening of June i6th, 1776, it was decided to 
occupy Charlestown neck and Bunker Hill. Capt. Whiting's Com- 
pany was among those selected to throw up the entrenchment. 
"The lines drawn, a thousand men set to work with spades to 
raise the earthwork. These American soldiers, called hastily 
from their farms, lacked organization and military discipline, 
but they were intelligent, independent men, accustomed to turn 
their hand to anything. They could shoot and they could also 
dig." This description applied to every one of the Springfield 
Parish farmers who engaged in the Revolutionary War. Mr. 
Whiting's wife died a few months after he entered the army, 
leaving him with four young children ; yet he continued in the 
service for six years. During his absence his children were 
scattered and before the war closed he sold his house and 
lands in Dover and took up his residence in Natick. As illus- 
trating the custom of the times, it is of interest to note that after 
giving an honorable and distinguished service to his country, 
when taking up his residence in Natick, in May, 1781, he was 
warned out of tow^n by the authorities lest he should become 
a public charge. Later, in 1787, he was elected a town "Warden." 
His sufifering and distress as a soldier in the Continental Army 
is recalled in his petition to the General Court, which is given 
in full in the Narrative History of Dover. 

Mr. Whiting's patriotism was not measured by his military 
service alone, but in other acts as well. When in 1778 he sold 
his farm, including the area added a few years ago to the Park 

"See biographical sketch of Daniel Whiting in Dover Public Library. 


system in the centre of the town, he immediately loaned every 
dollar to the state, which was in sore need of funds, although 
no absolute assurance could be given that the money would ever 
be repaid. The Revolution had no greater heroes than those 
who did these things. During the Revolutionary War he was 
not only "in many perils in the Indian country" at Cherry Val- 
ley, but also in the battle near Elmira, N. Y., in 1779, which 
is coming to be seen as one of the decisive battles of the Revolu- 
tion. It was the plan of the British to separate New England 
from the rest of the colonies, to blockade the coast and keep 
the Tories and Indians active on the frontier and so crush out 
the Continental Army. The Indians and Tories were active 
in New York and Pennsylvania. The six nations of the 
Iroquois dominated an extensive territory in New York and 
could call ten thousand fighting men into the field. The 
Indians cultivated enormous fields of corn and vegetables with 
many fruit bearing orchards. These supplies soon found their 
way to the British Army. The Indians practiced the greatest 
cruelty and soldiers from New York and Pennsylvania often 
found in the long houses of the Iroquois "the scalps of mothers, 
fathers, children and neighbors whom they recognized by their 
hair." In 1779 Gen. John Sullivan was appointed by Wash- 
ington to break the power of the Indian allies of the British, 
and he assigned to him a third of the Continental Army, with 
which to do the work. "The Indian towns were to be utterly 
destroyed, their fields and crops devastated and the whole 
region made uninhabitable by them." 

A fortification was built by the Indians at Newton, near El- 
mira, where it was believed Sullivan's Army would pass. It 
was strongly fortified but under the command of Gen Sullivan 
it was captured and the Indians and Tories routed. In this 
memorable battle Maj. Daniel Whiting commanded a part of 
the garrison under Brig. Gen. Enoch Poor, which consisted of 
the Massachusetts 6th Regiment. The American Army left a 
desolate wilderness behind them, having destroyed forty Indian 


villages and two hundred thousand bushels of corn, many vege- 
tables and fruit bearing orchards. The Iroquois turned from 
their blackened villages and sought the vicinity of Niagara 
where they lived in huts, and during the long winter which 
followed died by the hundreds of pestilence. Capt Reid built 
a fort near Elmira and here on the 29th of September, 1779, 
the different attachments met. Salutes with cannons and 
musketry were fired and barbecues were held with much re- 
joicing. On the 3rd of October the Army was discharged and 
the soldiers marched home. A special Thanksgiving was held 
in commemoration of this great victory, which was especially 
pleasing- to Congress and to Gen. Washington. After all this 
danger, privation, sacrifice, and suffering, when returning from 
the Army, Daniel Whiting was obliged to borrow money of a 
resident of West Point to defray his expenses home, and which 
he was unable to return for a long time, owing to the failure 
of the State to pay him back the money he had loaned in her 
distress. We cannot emphasize too much the courage and valor 
of the fathers who as scattered colonists, successfully fought 
an empire. 

"Words pass as wind, but where great deeds were done 
A power abides transferred from sire to son." 

Daniel Whiting illustrated, with many others fi'om this par- 
ish, the fact that the colonists were willing to defend the princi- 
ples of self-government with their lives. He was for thirteen 
months at the Siege of Boston and formed with others from 
this place, a part of that independent and ill armed army of 
sixteen thousand soldiers w^ho gathered about Boston and laid 
siege to the town. They made up in zeal what they lacked in 
organization and equipment. Washington at first had great 
difficulty with his soldiers, he found them "independent in their 
ways, as unaccustomed to discipline as they were averse to it, 
electing and deposing their officers, disposed to insubordination 
and only too ready to go ofif in order to attend to their domestic 
affairs and return in leisurely fashion when their business was 


done." We presume this criticism applied as well to the men 
of the Springfield Parish as any other, yet at the close of the 
war, with an army made up largely of New England men, Wash- 
ington said of these men, "that there were no better troops in 
the world." 

Daniel Whiting was a gentleman of the old school and was 
loved and respected by all who knew him. He was command- 
ing in manner, six feet in height, and was called the handsom- 
est man in the county. He was very erect and was of a light 
complexion. Children : 

Mehitable, b. Apr. ii. 1762, m. Mar. 27, 1787, Artemas Woodward, 

Paul, b. 1764, m. Mar. 18, 1790, Rebecca Baxter, Princeton. 

Fanny, b. Jan. 30, 1766, m. Nov. 9, 1786, Jeremiah Baker, West Ded- 

Roger, b. 1768, m. Fanny Broad, d. July 20, 1808. 

Anna. b. Aug. 6, 1770, m. June 20, 1792, Ebenezer Newell, d. Brad- 
ford, May 28, 1837. 

5. Ithamar^ (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. April 12, 
1741, m. Mar. 28, 1765, Mary, dau. Ralph and Mary (ElHs) 
Day, b. May 20, 1744. He inherited with his brother Aaron the 
homestead on Springdale avenue. In 1774 he sold his farm of 
seventy-three acres to Ebenezer Newell and Aaron Whiting. 
All trace of this farm is lost after this transfer, but it is be- 
lieved to have included the area opposite the town hall, bounded 
by Springdale avenue and Walpole street. The same year he 
also sold his interest in his father's farm to his brother xA.aron. 
Mr. Whiting had a severe illness from which he never fully 
recovered. By his father's will he was to receive "my youngest 
yoke of oxen to enable him to pay what he has been at charge 
in Doctor's in his late weakness." He was a Free Mason and 
when feeble in mind an effort was made to induce him to 
divulge its secrets, but to no purpose. Children: 

Patty, b. Mar. 10, 1766. 
Esek, b. Feb. 10, 1769. 
Luther, b. Apr. 3, 1771. 
Ralph, b. Feb. 23, 1773. 
Molly, b. Sept. 11, 1779. 


6. Aaron^ (Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b. Dec, 3, 
1745, m. May 11, 1776, Mehitable Smith of Natick, d. April 28, 
1820. He d. Feb. 2, 1837. Mr. Whiting was an enterprising 
farmer and business man. He Hved on the \\'hiting homestead 
on Springdale avenue. He rendered a creditable service in the 
Revolution. He was plowing in the held when the summons 
came, on the morning of April 19, 1775. Mr. Whiting responded 
so hastily that he left his ox team in the held to be cared for by 
others. He was a prominent man in affairs for many years, 
holding offices of trust and responsibility. Children : 

Aaron, b. Aug. 31, 1776. 
(9) Jonathan, b. May 28, 1778. 

Ruggles, b. Dec. 29, 1779, m. Sarah Bullen; was a merchant in 

Walter, b. Dec. 19, 1781. 

Mehitable, b. Dec. 12, 1784, m. Jonathan Upham. 
Daniel, b. Dec. 2^^. 1786, graduated from Harvard 1812, a lawyer 

in New York City, d. unmarried 1833. 
Olive, b. Oct. 14, 1789, m. Luther Eastman. 
Ithamar, b. Apr. 13, 1791. was living in Tepic. Me.xico, 1848, a 

manufacturer of shoes. 
Charles, b. Apr. 25, 1793. 
(10) Rufus, b. Aug. 16, 1795. 

Calvin, b. May 15, 1799, d. Oct 21, 1799. 

7. W'illianr' (William^, Jonathan•^ Jonathan-, Nathaniel), b. 
April IT, 1762, m. Dec. 20, 1786, Mehitable, dau. Joseph and 
Dorothy Colburn of Dedham, b. Dec. 7, 1762. Children: 

Lucy, b. Sept. 11, 1784. 
Artemus, b. Apr. 4. 1789. 

The frugality practiced in these families should be noted. Nothing was allowed 
to go to waste. All newspapers, cotton and woolen rags, feathers, old iron, 
copper, brass, pewter and even broken glass was saved and sold to the tin 
pedler in exchange for his bright wares. Berries, apples, and pumpkins were 
dried and sold at the West Indian goods store or to pedlers. When the father's 
long leg boots could no longer be worn the tops were made into shoes for 
the children; when the father's trousers were worn out at the knee they were cut 
off and by interchange of the legs the worn part was brought under the knee and 
made to do further service. Coats and dresses were cut down for the children and 
all out grown garments were given to others, if there was no one in the family 
to wear them. 

8. l-:noch^ (William^, Jonathan^. Jonathan-, Xathaniel^). b. 
July 18, 1781, m. Oct. 13, 1803, Cata, dau. Ebenezer and Cata 


Smith, b. Dec. 27, 1781. Mr. Whiting lived on his father's 
estate, which he sold and moved to Amherst. Child : 

William, b. Dec. s, 1804. 

9. Jonathan-'^ (Aaron^, Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Nathaniel^), b 
May 28, 1778, m. 1813, Lucy, dau. Daniel and Lucy (Eames) 
Jones of Framingham, b. Feb. 15, 1787, d, Feb. 3, 1879. He d. 
Feb. 16, 1832. Mr. Whiting was a farmer. He bought in 1802 
the Asa Mason place on Pine street which in recent years was 
owned by the late Jonathan Whiting. The farm was occupied 
for many years by his son Josiah who was a good farmer and 
a successful business man. He soon added to farming a gen- 
eral wood business, and the manufacture of hoops and the 
burning of charcoal. Mr. Whiting had a deep interest in the 
town and the institutions of his fathers. He bequeathed 
$10,000 to the First Parish Church in memory of his mother. 
Children : 

(11) Walter J., b. Oct. 14, 1814, d. Feb., 1895. 
Josiah, b. June 14. 1817, d. Aug. i, 1904. 
Lucy, b. Jan. 24, 1819, m. Francis Day, Upton. 
Mehitable, b. Jan. 11, 1821, m. William Woods. 
Daniel J., b. Sept. 6, 1823, res. Stoughton. 

(12) Jonathan, b. Aug. 18. 1830. 

Charles, b. Apr. 12, 1825, d. Nov. 29, 1894, res. Natick. 

(13) William, b. Jan. 23. 1828. 

10. Rufus^ (Aaron'*, Jonathan^, Jonathan-, Nathaniel^), b. 
Aug. 16, 1795, m. Aug. 9, 1 82 1, Melinda Stanley of Sedgwick, 
Maine, b. May 11, 1797, d. July 22, 1868. He d. May 2, 1865. 
Mr. Whiting was a farmer and had a part of the original Whit- 
ing homestead on Springdale avenue, where he built his house 
(Meacham farm) in 1838. Two of his sons, Ruggles and Smith, 
went to California in 1849 ^^^ continued to live on the Pacific 
coast. His son Ithamar carried on the home farm for some 
years but sold it after his mother's death. Later he was an 
officer in the Lyman School at M'estboro. He was in business 


for a time in Holyoke, but subsequently returned to Dover. 
Children : 

Eleanor Elizabeth, b. May 28, 1822, m. Jan. i, 1850, James Nickelson, 

Aaron Smith, b. Mar. i, 1825, m. Dec. i, 1859, Janette Morrison,. 

res. Stockton, Call. 
Ruggles Lucius, b. Nov. 4, 1829, m. Feb. 10, 1866, Transito MacFar- 

land, San Francisco. 
John Stanley, b. Dec. 4, 1831, m. July 13, 1869, Annie M. Gates, res. 

Lincoln. Neb. 
Malinda Frances, b. Aug. 13, 1834. m. May 4, 1856, Edward B. Bige- 

Caroline Augusta, b. Jan. i, 1837, m- May i. 1867, James Nickelson. 
Ithama, b. Aug. 24, 1839, m. Nov. 13, 1879, Mary Stacy. 

11. Walter^ J. (Jonathan^, Aaron-*, Jonathan^, Jonathan-, 
NathanieP), b. Oct. 14, 1814, m. Mary A., dau. George and Polly 
(Lawrence) Newell of Medfield, b. 1837, d. Aug. i, 1865. He 
died in Feb. 1895. Mr. Whiting lived on Hartford street. He 
willed his little property to the town of Dover for the support of 
the worthy poor. Although the amount realized was small, the 
act was none the less worthy. Child : 


12. Jonathan^ (Jonathan^, Aaron^, Jonathan^, Jonathan^, Na- 
thaniel^), b. Aug. 18, 1830, m. July, 1856, Ann M. Collins of 
Needham, b. May 20, 1837, d. Dec, 10, 1873, ^- 2ndly Jan. 30, 
1879, Mrs. Bertha (Hamel) BHss, b. Pictou, N. S., Mar. 25, 1845. 
He died March 30, 1902. Mr. Whiting was a farmer and lived 
on the ancestral farm on Pine street. He succeeded Josiah 
Newell as the proprietor of the grocery store at Charles River, 
but retired from business after a few years. Child : 

Ida M., b. 1855, m. .\pr. 10, 1879, Eugene Bonney, res. Walpole. 

13. William*' (Jonathan^, Aaron^, Jonathan-^, Jonathan-, Na- 
ihanieU), b. Jan, 23, 1828, m. Oct. 14, 1854, Hannah S., dau. 
Griffin and Mary Elizabeth (Green) Purdy, b. ]\Iar. 28, 1830, 
in Malagash. Nova Scotia, d. June 30, 1908. He d. Feb. 12, 


1907. Mr. Whiting was a farmer and lived on the original 
John Draper place on Springdale avenue. Children : 

Anna A., b. Dec. lO. 1853, m. Feb. 13, 1870, Thomas W. Proe. m. 

2ndly, Nov. 24, 1887, William D. Rowell. Child: William T. Proe, 

b. May 29, 1872, res. Millis. 
Everett W., b. Sept. 13, 1856, d. Apr. 7, 1882. 
Wesley W., b. Aug. 19, 1861, m. Aug. 20, 1887, Flora A. Wiswell. He 

d. Apr. 2.y, 1908. Child: 
Harold W., b. Dec. 31, 1893, in Millis. 


I. David^ Wight (Daniel^, Henry-, Thomas^), b. Dec. 19, 
1686, m. Jan. 17, 1716-17, Sarah, dau. Ralph and Sarah (Fuller) 
Day, b. Apr. i, 1689. He d. Jan. 28, 1742-3. Mr. Wight prob- 
ably settled here at the time of his marriage. His house stood 
on Dedham street, nearly opposite the residence of the late Ed- 
ward S. Dandrow. The stones of the old cellar were uncovered 
a few years since in removing gravel from the town pit. He was 
a man of unusual means, as the inventory of his property at 
death aggregated £2579 7s. 2d. The Wight family is descended 
from Thomas Wight, who first appeared in Watertown, in the 
winter of 1635-6. In 1637 he is located in Dedham with his 
wife and four children. Nothing is known of him previous to 
his coming to New England. His name appears fourth on the 
list of those who in 1644 promised to contribute for the support 
of a free school in Dedham. This school was the first free 
school to be supported by general taxation ever organized. He 
and his sons were also contributors towards building Cambridge 
College, now Harvard University. When the Indian Village 
was established at South Natick, he was deputed by the town 
to help in its organization. He afterwards married a sister of 
the Apostle Eliot. Thomas Wight was a leader in the organiza- 
tion of the town of Medfield in 1650 and was one of the orig- 
inal settlers. He continued to live in Medfield and occupied 
many positions of trust. Children : 


(2) David, b. Mar. 28, 1718. 

Anna, b. July 27, 1720, m. May 8, 1744. Jonathan Parker. Need- 
John, b. May 11, 1723, d. Oct. 4, 1734. 
Sarah, b. Mar. 27, 1730, m. June 20, 1751, William Gay, Dedham. 

2. David*"* (David"*, Daniel"^, Henry"-, Thomas^), b. Mar. 27,, 
1718, m. Oct. 27, 1745, Sarah, dau. Samuel and Sarah Scott of 
Wrentham. b. Oct. 11, 1726. She m. 2ndly May 4, 1763, John 
Griggs, who Hved on the Caryl homestead. He died April 1, 
1752. Mr. Wight lived on the homestead and commenced to 
build a mill on Noanet's brook, just south of the site of the 
''New Mill." He died, however, before completing it. The lo- 
cation of a mill somewhat back from the road was not unusual 
as farmers sent their boys to mill with the grist thrown across 
the horse's back, so a bridle path was all that was necessary. A 
mill at this time must have been needed for the grinding of rye, 
corn and buckwheat. After Mr. Wight's death the mill was 
completed by Thomas Richards, who bought the mill site of one 
acre "with the brook running through the middle of it." Chil- 
dren : 

David, b. July 13, 1746. 

(3) John, b. Nov. 17, 1748. 

Esther, b. Sept. 21, 1750, m. Oct. 11, 1769, Thomas Caryl, who 
settled in Chester, Vt. Their oldest child. Irene Caryl, lived 
to be nearly 103 years old, she d. May 7, 1873. Having occa- 
sion to consult the Dover vital records for the year 1878 it 
was found that nineteen deaths occurred, making a total of 
1,164 years, or an average of more than 61 years for each 
person who died during the year, which seems to he a re- 
markable record. 

3. John'' (David'"', David^, Daniel-'^ Henry-, Thomas^), b. 
Nov. 17, 1748, m. Oct. 9, 1 77 1, Mabel, dau Thomas and Mary 
Merrifield, ni. 2ndly Feb. 16, 1795, Mrs. Alolly Clark of Med- 
way. Mr. Wight lived on various farms in town. He first 
built on the south side of Farm street on land which is now in- 
cluded in the estate of Harry L. Rice. He sold this place in 
1783 and it was long since abandoned as a farm. He then moved 



to the original Wight homestead on Dedham street, which he 
sold in 1784 to Jabez Baker and moved from town. Children: 

Sally, b. Mar. 6, 1772. 

David, b. Mar. 17, 1773. res. Medway, d. in Sherborn. 

John, b. Jan. 26, 1776, res. Greenwich. 

Molly, b. Jan. 6, 1778. 

Jemima, b. . 

4. Beth'* (.Seth-^, Ephraini-, Thomas^), b. in Medfield, Jan. 
20, 1753, m. Oct. 30, 1772, Alary, dau. John and Mary (Plimp- 
ton) Wight, b. Nov. 12, 1752, d. Feb. 22, 1834. He died July 
14, 1799. Mr. Wight's father purchased the Jonathan Mason 
farm on Wight street in 1747. He bought the adjoining farm of 
Ebenezer Newell in 1772 and took up his residence here. In 
time the two farms became one. Seth Wight originated in 1791 
a breed of sheep which were called the "Otter sheep." These 
sheep had long backs and short, crooked legs. As they could not 
jump fences, they were for many years a favorite breed in 
Dover. The breed was so peculiar that Col. Daniel Humphrey 
of Connecticut wrote in 181 1 a description of them, which he 
sent to Sir Joseph Banks, President of the Royal Agricultural 
Society of England. Children: 

(5) Aaron, b. in Medfield, Mar. 3. 1773. 

(6) Caleb, b. Aug. 22, 1775. 

(7) Oliver, b. Aug. i, 1777. 

Mary, b. June 19, 1780, d. Dec. 11, 1873. 

Nabby, b. Dec. 22, 1783, m. Apr. 18, 1805, Simon Cheney. 

Clarissa, b. Nov. 3, 1785, m. Nov. 28. 1805, James Mann. 

(8) Asa, b. Feb. 25, 1788. 

Cynthia, b. June 7, 1790, m. Mar. 4, 1813, Walter Stovve. 

(9) Arnold, b. May 19, 1793. 

Charlotte, b. July 16, 1795. m. May 7, 1835. Joseph Larabee. 

5. Aaron^ (Seth^, Seth"^, Ephrainr^, Ephraim^, Thomas^), b. 
Mar. 3, 1773, m. June i, 1800, Abigail, dau. Jonathan and Mercy 
(Day) Smith of Medfield, b. Sept. 25, 1774, d. July 13, 1819. 
Mr. Wight lived on the homestead and in 1810 moved to Med- 
way and subsequently to Bellingham. He died July 29, 185 1. 


Children : 

Seth, b. Apr. 17, 1801, m. Apr. 10, 1823, Mary A. Richards, res. Bel- 

Charles, b. Dec. 26, 1802, d. Jan. 11, 1879, res. Milford. 
Ira, b. Dec. 6, 1804, d. Dec. 24, 1879, res. Milford. 
Aaron, b. June 23, 1807, d. Feb. 9, 1877, res. West Medway. 
Alvin, b. Mar. 11, 1810, m. Apr. 9, 1837, Almira Adams, Medway. 
Abigail, b. June 13, 1817, m. Mar. 30, 1843, George W. Googins, Bel- 


6. Caleb^ (Seth-\ Seth*, Ephraim^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b. 
Aug. 22, 1775, m. in 1800 Levina, dau. Jesse and EHzabeth 
Morse of Sherborn, b. May 14, 1779, d. Aug. 5, 1850. He died 
Oct. 5, 1863. Mr. Wight had a part of his father's farm and 
built the farmhouse on the Davis estate. Children: 

Orin, b. July 15, 1800, d. June 16, 1817. 

Mary, b. Apr. 23, 1802, d. Oct. 3. 1803. 

Mary, b. June 17, 1804, m. Dec. 26, 1847. Joseph Larrabee. 

Betsey, b. Sept. 8. 1807, m. June 2, 1830, Ellis Mann. 

7. Oliver^ (Setlr'', Seth-*, Ephraim^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b. 
Aug. I, 1777, m. Oct. 14, 1800, Mary, dau. Jonathan and Eliza- 
beth (Daniels) Russell of Sherborn, b. Apr. 13, 1776. Children: 

Eliza b. Feb. 11, 1801. 
(10) Joseph, b. Mar. 16, 1803. 

Horace, b. Dec. 14, 1805, res. Medfield. 

8. Asa'' (Seth-"^, Seth-^, Ephraim-^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b. 
Feb. 25, 1788, m. Oct. 6, 1814, Sybel, dau. James and Milla Hol- 
brook of Sherborn. He died Dec. 13, 1869. ^Ir. Wight occu- 
pied that part of his father's farm which was originally a part 
of Ebenezer Newell's farm. There was a cider mill on this 
farm for many years. The longevity, on the one hand, of many 
persons named in these sketches will be noted and on the other 
hand the short life of many children. Whole families of chil 
dren, a hundred years ago, were sometimes swept away at a 
time. The death rate has been lowered in recent years only in 
the decrease of infant mortality. Prof. Fisher of Yale says: 
"People have learned how to prevent the waste of infant life, 


but they have not learned how to take care of themselves. 
Among the grown people the death rate has increased because 
of the wearing out of vital organs of the body. In this respect 
the death rate is much larger than it w^as a century ago. Chil- 
dren : 

(11) James Holbrook, b. July 21, 1816. 
Harrison, b. Apr. 5, 1818, d. Sept. lo, 1825. 
Henry, b. Nov. 24, 1819. d. Sept. 15, 1825. 
Frederick, b. July 13, iSai, d. Sept. 28, 1825. 
Sybil Augusta, b. June 13, 1823, d. Oct. 2, 1825. 

(12) Frederick Harrison, b. Dec. 4, 1827. 

9. Arnold^ (Seth^, Beth'*, Ephraim^, Ephraim-, Thomas^), b. 
May 19, 1793, m. June 13, 1827, Mrs. Dolly (Ross) Graves, 
dau. Stephen and Achsah (Pollard) Bemis, b. Westminster 
Mar. 6, 1801, d. Aug. 22, 1883. He died Sept. 8, 1879. Mr. 
Wight was a farmer and lived on the Fuller place on Straw- 
berry hill. Mr. Wight was associated with Capt. George Fisher 
in building a section of the Erie Canal at Rochester, New 
York. At that time the larger streams had to be forded as 
bridges had not been built. As Mr. Wight returned home in 
the winter he crossed the Hudson river on the ice which he 
found a great convenience. The farm is still in the family, be- 
ing owned b}^ his grandson, John A. Sullivan. Children : 

Arnold Lowell, b. Apr. 24, 182S, d. young. 

Charlotte, b. Dec. 23, 1829, m. Cornelius Sullivan, d. Mar. 17, 1915. 

jNIary Harriet, b. Dec. 3, 1837, d. June 23, 18S8, in Pasadena, Cal. 

10. Joseplv (Oliver^, Seth^, Seth^ Ephraim^, Ephraim-, 
Thomas^), b. Mar. 16, 1803, m. July 4, 1833, Lucinda Snow, of 
Dover, m. 2ndly May 15, 1856, Lorinda Davis of Dover. Chil- 
dren : 

Eliza Ann, b. July 13, 1835. 
Joseph Alexander, b. May i, 1840. 

11. James'^ Holbrook (Asa^ Setlr\ Seth^ Ephrainr, Eph- 
raim^, Thomas^), b. July 21, 1816, m. Nov. 19, 1846, Caroline 
Stone, dau. James and Lois Whitney of Sherborn, b. Nov. 27, 


1820. Mr. Wight was a carpenter, he commenced business in 
Dover and lived on I\Iain street in the house now occupied by 
Miss Grace, which he built. He later lived in Natick and New- 
ton, where he did a large business. Of his children one was 
born in Dover: 

Ella Augusta, b. Feb. 9, 1849, res. Maiden. 

12. Frederick"^ Harrison (Asa^', Seth^, Seth*, Ephraim^, Eph- 
raim-, Thomas^), b. Dec. 4, 1827, m. June 3, 185 1, Susan E., 
dau. Herman and Ruth (Whiting) Ware of Wrentham, b. 
Sept. 18, 1829, d. Dec. 8, 1912. He d. Sept. 28, 1908. Mr. 
Wight lived for many years on the homestead, but sold it after 
his father's death and moved to the centre of the town. He 
had a shoe shop on the farm, also established a market busi- 
ness which he continued for nearly fifty years. Children : 

Ellen Augusta, b. Jan. 14, 1858, m. May 31, 1875, Lewis W. Chandler, 
res. Needham. 

Adelaide Evera, b. June 28, 1863, m. Dec. 10. 1887, Geo. H. Thomp- 

Frederick Leslie, b. May 5, 1869, res. Washington, D. C. 

13. Amos^ (Jonathan-^, Jonathan"*, Jonathan^, Samuel-, 
Thomas^), b. Nov. 15, 1760, m. Jan. 14, 1790, Hannah, dau. 
John and Elizabeth (Perry) Morse, d. Mar. 7, 1793, m. 2ndly 
June 27, 181 1, Levinia, dau. Daniel and Thankful (]\Iorse) 
Perry of Mcdfield, b. Apr. 20, 1764, d. Dec. 18, 1842. He d. 
Apr. 24, 1845. ^^r. Wight settled in Dover at the time of his 
marriage in 1790. He cleared the farm now owned by George 
Battelle, a lineal descendant, on Farm street. After his second 
marriage Mr. Wight lived for some years in Medfield. Chil- 
dren : 

Hannah*, b. Sept. 26, 1790. m. Apr. 19. 1810. Jonathan Battelle, Jr. 
Abigail*, b. Dec. 21, 1792, m. May 30, 1813, John Shumway. 

'Born in Dover. 


Shubael^ E. (Oliver', William*, Jonathan^, Samuel-, 
Thomas^), b. 1785, m. May 18, 1809, Clarissa Williams of 
Dover. Moved to Medfield. Children : 

Sarah Williams, b. Feb. 20. 1810. 
Pamelia Clark, b. June 17, 181 1. 
Addison, b. 1813. 


Ebenezer- Wilkinson (Joseph^), b. Feb. 14, 1762, m. April 
10, 1805, Nancy, probably dau. Elias and Beriah (Ware) Bacon. 
Mr. Wilkinson was a blacksmith and had a shop on the area now 
included in Springdale park. Children : 

Edwin, b. May 2, 1802. 
WiUard, b. Aug. 12, 1808. 
William, b. May 25, 1812. 


John'* Williams (John-". John-, John^), son of John and Mary 
(Everett) Williams, was b. in Groton Apr. i, 1774, m. Oct. 20. 
1800, Sally B., dau. Timothy and Prudence (Battelle) Stowe, b. 
Nov. 15, 1781, d. Feb. 2, 1862. He d. Feb. 6, 1840. Mr. Wil- 
liams settled in Dover in 1799. He was a son of Capt. John 
Williams of Groton, an officer in the Revolution, and an orig- 
inal member of the "Society of the Cincinnati." Mr. Williams 
purchased the tavern property at the centre of the town and kept 
in connection a store and livery stable. In the stage-coach days 
a change in horses was made at the Williams Tavern. During 
the first half of the last century the Wilde Hotel at 1 1 Elm 
street, Boston, was a widely known tavern and stage house. 
From, this num.ber on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday a stage 
left at 3.30 P. M., for Newton Upper Falls, Dover and Medway. 
The fare to Dover was 75 cents. Mr. Williams was the first 
member raised (1802) to the degree of Master Mason, in Con- 
stellation Lodge, Dedham, of which he was later a senior war- 


den. He was a Deputy Sheriff in Norfolk County and the first 
Postmaster in Dover. In this connection the following facts re- 
lating to postage may be of interest: In all the years of the col- 
ony and for a long time after the establishment of the govern- 
ment, the rate of postage was so high that letters were sent as 
often as might be by individuals who chanced to be traveling to 
the vicinity. The same letter often had messages addressed to 
two or three individuals in as many neighboring towns, which 
in turn was forwarded to the several persons. Postage was not 
prepaid and the rate depended upon the number of sheets and 
the distance the letter was carried. The basis of the rate was 
fixed on the single sheet. No envelopes were used but the sheet 
was neatly folded and sealed. When Mr. Williams became post- 
master in 1829 the rates had been but little changed since the 
adoption of the constitution. The rates adopted in 1825 were 
in force and were as follows : For every letter of a single sheet 
of paper conveyed not exceeding 30 miles, 6 cents ; over 30 and 
not exceeding 80 miles, 10 cents ; over 80 miles and not exceed- 
ing 150 miles, 12 1-2 cents; over 150 miles and not exceeding 400 
miles, 18 3-4 cents ; over 400 miles, 25 cents. Every double let- 
ter or two pieces of paper was double these rates ; every triple 
letter or three pieces of paper, triple these rates; every package 
of four or more pieces of paper, or one or more other articles 
and weighing one ounce, avoirdupois, quadruple these rates, and 
that proportion for all greater weights. After June 30, 1851, 
the rates were as follows : Every single letter by mail not exceed- 
ing 3000 miles prepaid postage 3 cents, not prepaid 5 cents, any 
greater distance double these rates. March 3, i860, an act fixed 
the rate of postage on domestic letters not exceeding one-half 
ounce in weight at 3 cents, and three cents additional for each 
additional half ounce or fraction thereof, to be prepaid by post- 
age stamps affixed. This was the first law which established a 
uniform rate of postage on letters regardless of distance, to 
which matter was to be transmitted. Child : 

Betsey Stowe, b. Oct. 25, 1801, m. Oct. 24, 1819, Isaac Howe. 

Reproduction of the John Draper House built in 1724 

fVilsondale Street, the first road used in Dover 



1. Henryi Wilson, m. Nov. 24, 1642, Mary Metcalf, He was 
the progenitor of the Dover family, and the first settler on the 
territory. He came from Kent, England, in 1639, and settled 
the next year in Dedham. The early Dedham settlers, soon 
after their settlement, selected the plain of Powisset for addi- 
tional pastorage for their cattle. A little way west of the present 
Westwood line, on the bridle path leading to Powisset, Henry 
Wilson built his house in 1640 on land which for more than 250 
years has been in the family. Mrs. Richard H. Bond^ who now 
occupies the farm with her husband, is of the seventh genera- 
tion of lineal descendants who have been bom and lived on the 
ancestral acres.* Although the individual members have not 
been as numerous as some families, yet there has always been 
a goodly number who have held a prominent place in the town 
and community. At this date we cannot appreciate the courage 
and fortitude of one, who in the early time braved the wilder- 
ness and settled by himself amid dangers "seen and unseen." He 
soon brought his young wife to his little settlement and for many 
years with his growing family braved the danger of wild beasts 
and roaming Indians. The Wilson family was well represented 
in the Revolutionary War, and for many years was prominent 
in the First Parish Church, Ephraim 3d being a deacon. Previ- 
ous to the organization of the Dover First Parish (1749) the 
Wilson family worshipped in Dedham. Children : 

Michael, b. Aug. 7, 1644, d. May 5, 1676. 

Michael, b. , settled in Wrentham. 

Sarah, b. June 24, 1650. 
Mary. b. Nov. 7, 1652. 

Elizabeth, b. Feb. 4, 1653, rn. Jan. 4, 1684, John Rice. 
(2) Ephraim, b. June 2, 1656. 

2. Ephraim^ (Henry^), b. June 2, 1656, m. May 10, 1681, 
Rebecca Sumner, d. Oct. 16, 1714, m. 2ndly Mar. 9, 1714-15, 

*In 191 s the Rev. Dr. George Alexander Strong acquired by purchase the larger 
part of this farm. Mr. Bond retained some six acres, on which he has build a hou«e» 
so that the above facts are still true. 


Rebecca Tucker of Milton. He d. Dec. 20, 1732-3. Mr. Wil- 
son lived in the homestead on Strawberry hill street. Children : 

(3) Ephraim, b. Feb. 27, 1683. 

(4) Samuel, b. Apr. 5, 1686-7. 

Rebecca, b. June 28, 1694-5, d. Jan. 26, 1713-4. 

(5) Nathaniel, b. Jan. 18, 1698-9. 

(6) John, b. May 30, 1702. 

3. Ephraim^ (Ephraim^, Henr}'^), b. Feb. 27, 1683, m. Dec. 
19, 1706, Joanna, dau. Nathaniel and Lydia Gay, d. Mar. 28, 
1738, m. 2ndly Nov. 29, 1738, Mrs. Hannah Fisher. He d. July 
19, 1769. Mr. Wilson was a deacon in the Dedham First Parish 
Church and is buried in Dedham Cemetery. He was a black- 
smith by trade and for a time lived on the homestead. , 

4. Samuel^ (Ephraim-, Henry^), b. April 5, 1686-7, m. Nov. 
25, 1714, Elizabeth Howes. Moved to Needham. Children: 

Rebecca, b. Aug. 20, 1716. 

Seth, b. 

Samuel, b. Apr. 25, 1718, d. 

Elizabeth, b. 

Joanna, b. 

(7) Samuel, b. in Needham, Apr. 3, 1726. 

5. Nathaniel^ (Ephraim^, Henryi), b. Jan. 18, 1698-9, m. 
Nov. 22, 1733, Lydia, dau. Nathaniel and Lydia Richards, b. 
Oct. 10, 1706, d. Oct. 7, 1740, m. 2ndly, July 11, 1745, Mrs. Han- 
nah Hoslop. He lived on the homestead. Children: 

Rachel, b. Aug. 29, 1734, d. Oct. 3, 1734. 

Rebecca, b. Jan. 29, 1735-6, m. Jan. 8, 1756, Thomas Smith. 

(8) Ephraim, b. Jan. 18, 1737-8. 

6. John^ (Ephraim^, Henry^), b. May 30, 1702, m. Dec. 25, 
1729, Joanna, dau. David and Experience (Sabin) Morse of 
Medfield, d. Feb. 21, 1730, m. 2ndly, Jan. 10, 1733-4, Anna, dau. 
John and Mary (Onion) Fisher, d. Apr. 21, 1737, m. 3rdly, 
1767. Mrs. Esther Rockwood of Medway, d. Sept. 19, 1779. Ec- 
centric individuals were common at a time when there was less 
communication with the outside world than now. Hannah 


Adams, who was the first American woman to enter the field of 
Hterature, was a very absent-minded person. Once in walking 
from Medfield to Dover, she lost her shoe on the way. Meet- 
ing a man coming in the opposite direction she hailed him and 
wanted to know if he had seen anything of her shoe, the ab- 
surdity of the question never appearing to this eccentric but re- 
markable woman. Children : 

Mary, b. Oct. 25, 1730. 

John, b. Feb. 13, 1734-5. d- July 17, 1736. 

Esther, b. Apr. 11, 1742. 

Anna, b. Apr. 26, 1744, m. Apr. 28, 1789, Joseph Swan. 

Sarah, b. Dec. 10, 1745. 

John, b. Mar. 8, 1749-50. 

Sabin, b. Sept. 4, I753, d. Jan. 29, 1755. 

7. Samuel-* (SamueF, Ephraim^, Henry^), b. April 3, 1726, 
m, Dec. 29, 1768, Abigail, dau. Ebenezer and Thankful Richards, 
b. Oct. 10, 1742, d. July 6, 1781. Children: 

(9) Samuel, b. 1770, d. in Boston, 1819. 
IMoses, b. Feb. 15, 1773. 

Abigail, b. Sept. 12, 1774, m. Mar. 28, 1799, John Chickering, Jr. 
Thankful, b. May 10, 1778. 
Jesse, b. Mar. 4, 1780. 
Hannah, b. Feb. 20, 1783. 
Joseph, b. Mar. 27, 1785. 
Asa, b. Sept. 24, 1788, m. 1810, Patty Blyn, Wrentham. 

8. Ephraim^ (Nathaniel^ Ephraim-, Kenryi), b. Jan. iS, 
1737-8, m. July 13, 1774, Sybel, dau. Eleazer and Phebe (Wight) 
Allen, b. Dec. 4, 1749. He d. Apr. 26, 1822. White flour, a.^ 
made from wheat grown on Dover farms, was originally dark 
in color, as it took on the commingled colors of the grain, as 
only the husk and the germ of the wheat were removed in the 

White fiour was first used for a novelty dinner in London 
about 18 1 5. This was the first white bread ever eaten in the 
history of the world ; as the wheat grain was dark, so bread had 
been dark from the days of Abraham. Flour was first made 
white by selecting the white starchy portion of the grain and 


discarding all others, but later it was bleached by chemical proc- 
esses and robbed of most of its nutriment. As a recent writer 
has said : 

America leads the world in the consumption of white flour 
nowadays, and it leads the world also in dental and nervous af- 
flictions. Americans used to be a very robust^ hardy people 
with wonderful capacity for endurance. They were of rosy 
cheek and brawny build and faced all obstacles fearlessly and 
resolutely. Then England set them eating that white bread and 
their cheeks turned pale, their teeth grew soft and their nerves 
became unsound. Children : 

(10) Ephraim. b. Dec. 2, 1775. 

(11) Nathaniel, b. Aug. 25, 1779. 

9. SamueP (Samuel^, SamueP, Ephraim-, Henry^), b. 1770, 
m. Lydia. He d. in Boston, 1819. He was a carpenter and 
owned a little place on Strawberry hill, which he sold in 181 1. 
It later became a part of the Nathaniel Wilson farm. Children : 

Abigail Richards, b. 

Lydia Ann, b. 

Samuel, b. 

Albert, b. 

Mary. b. 

Elizabeth, b. 

10. Ephraim^ (Ephraim*, Nathaniel^, Ephraim-, Henry^), b. 
Dec. 2, 1775, m. Nov. i, 1800, Sally, dau. Nathaniel and Lois 
(Bullard) Richards of Dedham, b. Apr. 16, 1778, d. Oct. 29, 
1821, m. 2ndly May 22, 1823, Lucy, dau. Nathaniel and Submit 
(Bullard) Capen of Dedham, b. Apr. 18, 1795. Children: 

Sybil A., b. Oct. 29, 1801, d. Nov. 4, 1824. 
Eleazer, b. Aug. 29. 1803, d. Oct. 6, 1804. 
Isaac, b. Dec. 2-], 1805, d. Feb. 19, 1816. 
Lucy. b. Feb. 7, 1809, d. Jan. i, 1822. 
Sarah Ann, b. May 30. 1817, d. Nov. 19, 1821. 
(12) Ephraim, b. May 5, 1825. 

Edwin, b. Sept. i, 1827, m. Margaret Gould, res. Lake City, 


11. Nathaniel'^ (Ephraim^, Nathaniel^, Ephraim-, Henry^), 
b. Aug. 25, 1779. m. Jan. 2, 1815, Mary, dau. Joseph and Han- 
nah (Parker) Stodder of Boston, b. May 16, 1794, d. July 13, 
1844. He d. Jan. 27, 1862. Mr. Wilson occupied the farm owned 
by the late Miss Mary Bullard. Children : 

Nathaniel Charles, b. Nov. 15, 1815, d. Jan. 26. 1888. 

Mary Stodder, b. Nov. 10, 1817, m. Lewis Smith, d. Nov. 14, 1842. 

Eliza Ann, b. Feb. 25, 1820, m. Lewis Smith, d. Oct. 24, 1880. 

Lucy Ann. b. Aug. 4, 1822, d. Dec. 31, 1882. 

Abigail Stodder, b. Nov. 5, 1823. d. May 15, 1872. 

Joseph Stodder, b. Jan. 29, 1827. res. Fitchburg. He engaged in 
manufacturing and became a wealthy and influential citizen of that 
city. Mr. Wilson was for several years a member of the Massa- 
chusetts Legislature and served on important committees. Chil- 
dren: Hannah M.. b. March 22, 1829, d. Dec. i, 1829. William H., 
b. Jan. 4, 1832, d. Feb. 10, 1890. 

12. Ephraim*^ (Ephrainr', Ephraim"^, Nathaniel-^, Ephraim-, 
Henryi), b. May 5, 1825, m. 185 1 Mary B., dau. Alexander and 
Hannah (Draper) Soule, b. Feb. 10, 1831, d. Apr. 17, 1894. 
He d. Jan. 11, 1898. Mr. Wilson held many prominent offices in 
town, and united with his farm work the manufacture of vinegar 
and followed at times the profession of the civil engineer. Dr. 
Edward E. Hale somewhere gives the following picture of farm 
life in 1835 : 

Mrs. Primrose. — Nahum, dear, I hate to wake you up ; but 
you must dress as quick as you can, take a firepan and go across 
to Aunt Susan's and get some coals for the kitchen fire. All the 
fires are out, and we must have some coals to get breakfast. 

Nahum rises without swearing, goes and gets the coals 
through a new snowfall of twelve inches. Returning, he builds 
the fire, breaks the ice in the pail at the sink, and, with a com- 
pound of ice and water at 32 degrees, washes his face and hands. 
Then he reads the Farmer's Almanac till breakfast. Children : 

Nancy D., b. Aug. 15, 1832, d. May 16, 1871. 

Ephraim H., Oct. 30, 1854, m. Mar. 27, 1878, Martha M. Mills, res. 

Herbert S., b. Jan. 18, 1857, m. 1880, Jessie A. Sawyer, res. Pepperell. 


Edwin F., b. Jan. 30, 1859, d. Dec. 17, 1876. 
James A. b. Sept. i, 1861, d. Oct. 31, 1861. 
Lillian M. E., b. Jan. 18, 1872, m. Feb. 28, 1894, Richard H. Bond. 

13. SamueP (Seth'*, SamueP, Ephraim-, Henry^), b. Nov. 
16, 1745, m. Oct. 9, 1 78 1, Hannah Ingraham of Dedham. Hq 
lived in the vicinity of the "New Mill," but sold his farm there 
to John Jepson in 1791 and moved from town. 


William Woods, m. Dec, 2, 1838, Mehitable, dau. of Jonathan 
and Lucy (Jones) Whiting, b. Jan. 11, 1821, d. Dec. 23, 1889. 
We would record in connection with this family, which repre- 
sents through Mrs. Woods one of the first settlers of the town, 
the great economy that was practiced by the housewives of the 
community in preventing food waste. The remnants of food 
left over from meals were carefully saved and often appeared 
again on the table in a new form as an appetizing and nutritious 
dish. Today it requires no statistics to prove that we throw 
away a tenth part of our food at least, which is a large item in 
the high cost of living which (1916) has reached high water. 
A native poet and philosopher of India in visiting this country 
said: Of all the lands I have visited, the United States is the 
only one where the inside of a slice of bread is eaten and the 
crust thrown away. Domestic science has no better mission 
than to teach the housewife how to conserve her resources to 
the fullest limit as of old. "A penny saved is a penny earned," 
is a maxim that was not only repeated but practiced in all 
Dover homes a century ago. Child : 

Albert A., b. 1841, d. Mar. 21, 1863, New Orleans. La. A soldier 
in the Army. 

NOTE — Jabez Wood, a petitioner for the organization of the Parish in 1748, 
married Hannah (Pratt), widow of Caleb Ellis. He d. May 3, 1752, leaving, it is 
believed, no issue. 




Adams, Elizabeth 46, Frederick 4. 
Hannali 60, 258. James 3. John 3, 
4. Lois 98. Marion A. 3. 211. 
Silence 136. 

Alden, Mary T. 161. 

Allen, Aaron 23. Amos 14. Abigail 
34, 119, 179. Calla 218. David E. 
15. Eleazer 4, 5, 6, 34. Elizabeth 
E. 194. Fisher 6. Hannah 38. 
Hannah E. 13. Hezekiah 6, 7, 12. 
Hezekiah P. 7. Hitty ISO. Jared 
13. Jennie G. 221. Keziah 53. Mar- 
tha 146. Martha B. 32. Morrill 8, 
10. Patty 43. Perez 11. Rachel 
162. Rebecca 223. Samuel 15. Sy- 
bil 259. Thaddeus 10. Timothy 10, 
13, 14. William P. 11. 

Ambler, Colburn 16. Harvey 16. 
Mary R. 17. 

Andre, Major 122. 

Andrews, Rebecca 167. 

Archer, E. St. Clare 159. 

Ay res, Calvin 19. Emma M. 178. 
Fisher 18. Jesse 18. 

Babcock, Caroline M. 102. 

Bacon, Aaron 23, 24. Albert H. 25. 

Edwin F. 25. Ephraim 21. Francis 
24. Frank E. 24. Jeremiah 21. 
John 19, 20. Josiah 21, 22. Lydia 
98. Martin 23. Mary S. 214. Mich- 
SiQ^l 20. Moses 22. Richard 20. 
Silas 23, 24. Walter T. 2o. William 

Bailey, Adaline 130. Miriam 139. Tim- 
othy 26. 

Baker, Hannah 85, 99. Jabez 26, 27. 
Marcia J. 43. 

Baldwin, Joseph E. 27. Francis E. 

Barber, Elizabeth 35. 

Barden, Calvin 29. Frederick 28, 29. 

Barrows, Luella 166. 

Bartlett, Albert 31. Andrew W. 31. 
Anna A. 44. Clement 30. Mrs. Mar- 
garet 236. 

Batchelder, Eugene 31. John P. 32. 

Battelle, Abigail 226. Ann F. 92. 
Ann J. 26. Allen E. 43. Caroline 
N. 93. Ebenezer 34, 36, 38, 39. 
Emma E. 86. George 44. Hannah 
&4, 89. Hezekiah 40. Hezekiah, Jr., 

40. John 33, 34, 36, 39, 44. Jona- 
than 34 35, 37, 40, 42. Josiah 39, 

41. Julia 134. Leonard 40. Lucy 

127. Mary 4. Martha 87. Mehitable 

192, 198. Nathaniel 35, 38. Polly 

206, 198. Ralph 42. Roger S. 42. 

Rufus 41. Sarah 180. Sarah J. 

liU. Sherman 41. Tabitha 150. 

Thomas 32. Ward W. 45. William 

Bean, Cora A. 215. Charles S. 45. 
Bigelow, Abraham 47. Amey M. 27. 

Calvin 46. Charles M. 40. Edward 

B. 48. Sukey 41. 
Bird, Hannah 203. 
Bislioff, Benedicta C. E. 188. 
Bishop, Mary D. 44. 
Blackman, Caroline 170. Warren 48. 
Blake, Ebenezer 49. Edward 49. 

Seth 48. 
Bliss, Alpheug 51. Mrs. Bertha 248. 

George E. 51. Linus 49. Martha L. 

Bodue, Mary L. 166. 
Bond, Richard H. 51. 
Boundford, Mrs. Mary 166. 
Bowers, Hannah S. 49. James 52. 
Brackett, Sophia 23. 
Ereagy, Mary 173. 
Brett, Uriah 53, 
Brigham, Mary A. 24. 
Brooks, Mary A. 48. Mary S. 24. 
Brown, Betsey 42. John 53. John 

M. 55. Lucy R. 148. Mason 55. 
Brownell, Eliza A. 126. 
Bullard, Anna 240. Drusilla 198. 

Elizabeth 178. John 55. Jonathan 

56. Nathaniel 56. 
BuUen, Amaziah 57. Bela 57. Han- 
nah 113. Mary B. 6L 
Burbank, Orpha 80. Sarepta 164. 
Burgess, Linda S. 45. 
Burrage, Abigail 27. Ann 27, 222. 

Caroline 29. George D. 60. John 

58, 60. Lydia &i. Obed 59. Sylvia 

153. Thomas 58. 
Butler, Mary E. 87. 

Cady, Rebecca 19. 

Capen, Lucy 260. Roxa 81. 

Campbell, Rufus 60. 

Carpenter, Stukely 61. 

Caryi, Ann 176. Rev. Benjamin 61. 
Dr. George 63. 

Champney, Elizabeth G. 110. 

Chalmers, Catherine 144. 

Channing, Walter, Jr., 64. 

Cheney, Abigail 97. Anna N. 177. 
Benjamin P. 71. Calvin 71. James 
6."i. John 64, 65, 66. Lydia 98. Rev. 



Martin 02, 60. Samuel 70. Sarah 
21. Simon 71. Sybil 196. 

Chiekering, Charles H. 83. Daniel 77, 
80. David 79. Dorcas A. 236. 
Edella D. 186. George 81. George 
E. 74. James 82. James H. 83. 
Jesse 78, 82. John 76, 77, 79. Jo- 
seph 76. Leonard 81. Lydia 162. 
Nathaniel 73, 74, 78. Oliver 76. Re- 
becca 197. 

Child, Hannah 124. 

Clapp, Elizabeth S. 71. 

Clarke, Caroline 80. George K. 16. 
Jacob 83. Mrs. Molly 250. Sybil 

Cleveland, David 84. George 84. Pa- 
melia 185. Willaim 85. 

Cobb, William 4. 

Colburn, Danforth 85. Elizabeth P. 
156. Irving 86. Martin 86. Mary 
199. Mehitable 246. Polly 101. 

Conant, Elizabeth P. 205. 

Cook, Eleanor 107. Lavina D. 16. 
Nathan 17. 

Cooley, Julia A. 185. 

Coombs, John C. 86. 

Corliss, Mary P. 165. 

Corthell, Margaret J. 112. 

Crosby, Edward 87. Mary 107. 

Crossman, Polly 28. 

Cutter, Pamelia 123. 

Dana, Nancy P. 60. 

Day, Abigail 20. John 89. Jonathan 
89. Mary 245. Mercy 40. Ralph 
87, 88, 90. Sally 16. Sarah. 249. 

Davenport, Priscllla 182. 

Davidson, Alfred M. 87. George R. 

Dean, Elizabeth 121. Joseph 92. Luke 
91. Namur 99. 

De Merritt, Joanna D. 149. Miriam 
B. 83. 

Derby, Abner L. 93. Martin 92. 

Deshon, Caroline 31. 

Dewing, Andrew 19, 33. Lydia 19. 
Lydia F'. 135. 

Dodge, Alice L 45. 

Draper, Aaron 99. Abigail 34. Charles 
101. Daniel 99. Eliza 110. Han- 
nah 22.S. Ida B. 132. James 94, 98. 
Jesse 100. John 94, 95, 97. Joseph 
97, 98, 100, 101. Josiah 99. Kazia 
164. Lois 100. Mary 6. Merlam 
158. Michael 90. Molly 23. Moses 
101. Mrs. Nancy 30. Polly 132. Pru- 
dence 36. Thomas 98. 

Dunn. Caroline M. 230. Helen M. 153. 
Theodore 102. 

Eames, Anna 180. Rebecca 10. 

Eastman, Luther 103. 

Edwards, H. Emeline 125. 

Ellis, Benjamin 107. Caleb 108. Char- 
lotte 236. Deborah 97. Eleazer 103. 
Eleazer, Jr., 107. Elizabeth 87, 151. 
Hannah 240. Joshua 108. Josiah 
107. Kezia 77. Marv 88. Timo- 
thy 109. 

Emmons, Arthur B. 2d 109. M. Louise 

Everett, George D. 110. Jabez 109. 
Mary 117. Nancy 101. 

Farington, Benjamin 111. Elizabeth 

Faulk. John H. 111. 
Fearing, Margaret J. 31. Perez L. 

Pelch, Hannah 213. 
Field, Ann 100. 
Fisher, Abigail 13, 58. Charles 116. 

Chloe 20L George 115. John 

117. Joseph 117, 118. Josiah 113. 

Lillian E. 221. Lydia 73. Nathan 

M. 116. Samuel 114. Sarah 90, 201, 

232. William 118. 
Piske, Nathaniel 119. Noah 120. 
Fuller, David 121, 122. 

Gannett, William W. 123. 

Gardner, Nancy 193. 

Gay, Abigail 34. Adeline C. 55. Edna 
L. 25. Mrs. Elizabeth 76. Francis 
G. 124. Joanna 258. Leonard 123. 
Sally 122. Stephen 123. 

Ghoerke, Louise A. 24. 

Goodnough, Adaline 14. 

Gookin, Daniel 124. 

Gould, Ellen R. 48. 

Goulding, Adeline B. 165. Emeline 
48. Henry 125. Lucy E. 189. Ma- 
ria 188. Matilda 189. Sarah A. 143. 

Graves, Mrs. Dolly, 253. 

Green. William 126. 

Griggs, Lucy 152. Reuben 127. 

Guild, Ann 5. Hannah 81. 

Gunn, Maria S. 186. 

Guy, Benjamin 129, 130. Martin 130. 
Timothy 128, 131. 

Graham, Ada 189. 

Hale, Dr. Edward E. 261. Richard 

W. 132. 
Hall. Maria 95. 
Haiuell, Bertha 51. 
Hammond, Abigail 18S. Elnathan 




Hanchett, Dana C. 132. Chester 133. 

George D. 133. 
Hanks, Henry J. 133. 
Harding, Hannah 210. John 134. 

Maria C. 186. Mary 75. 
Hart, George 135. Mary E. 87. Wil- 
liam 135. William G. 135. 
Hartshorn, Elizabeth 57, Obed 136. 
Hastings, Elijah 137. 
Hatch, Betsey 135. 
Haven, Elias 139, 140. Joseph 139. 

Mehitable 241. Noah 140. 
Hawse, Anna 20. Elizabeth 22. 
Haynes, Emily J. 167. 
Henry, Lucy M. 83. 
Herring, Peletiah 141. Samuel 140. 

Thomas 141. 
Hersey, Marv J. 230. 
Hickok, Louisa A. 109. 
Higbee, Cornelia P. 64. 
Higgins, Eben 142, 143. Jedediah W. 

Hildreth, Frances E. 24. 
Hill, Agnes 87. Edward 144. Jennls 

C. 239. William 144. Ruth 65. 
Hodges, Elizabeth 231. 
Hodgson, Ernest F. 145. 
Holbrook, Alona 195. Hannah 33. 

Olive 71. Sybel 252. 
Hopkins, James C. 145. 
Horton, Henry 146. Henry H. 146. 
Howard, James O. 147. 
Howe, Albian K. 148. Alonzo 148. 

Isaac 147. Louisa B. 220. Mary 

W. 225. Sarah E. 220. William A. 

Humphrey, Mary H. 225. 
Hutchinson, Mary J. 144. 

Ingalls, Abigail 15i. 
Ingram, Achsah 224. 

Jennison, Luther P. 149. 

Jepson, John 150. 

Johnson, Clara G. 60. Comfort H. 

Jones, Adam 151. Evelina E. 184. 

Hiram W. 152. John 150. Lucy 

247. Lydia A. 166. Samuel 151. 

Stephen S. C. 162. Theodore F. 153. 
Judson, Sarah 73. 

Kelley, Dr. F. H. 101. 

Kenrick, Beniamin 156. Caleb 154. 

John 1.54. Oliver 156. Richard 153. 
Keys, Ezra 156. 
King, William 157. 
Kingman, Charlotte 208. 
Kingsburv, Jemima 7. Mehitable IS. 

Olive 140. 

Knapp, .Jesse 157. 

Knowlton, Alvan 1.58. Josiah 158. 
Keziah 99. 

Larrabee, Joseph 160. Rebecca 193. 

Thomas 158. 
Lawrence, Rachel 57. 
Leeds, Warren 161. 
Leland, Anna 220. Julia 59. Lucinda 

204. Mercy 88. Persis 163. 
Little. Martha 99. 
Littlefleld. Sybil 65. 
Lyon, Rebecca 162. 

Mann, Betsey 183. 206. Daniel 162. 
164, 165. Elbridge L. 165. James 
162. 163. James G. 166. Leland 164. 
Lucretia 60. Lucv M. 20.^. Lydia 
41. Sarah A. 133. Simeon 163. 
Willard 164. 

Mansell, Abigail 201. Mary 40. 

Marden, Charles 167. Jeremiah 166. 

Marsh. Lois 77. 

Martin, Pamella 63. 

Mason. Abiarail 94, 114. .\sa 168. 
Hannah 14. .John 167. 168. Jona- 
than 168. Knziah 11. Prof. Luther 
W. 13. Margery 168. Rebecca 6. 
Seth 168. 

Mayo. Abigail 146. 

Merrifleld, Mabel 250. Thomas 174. 

Meserve. Helen M. 239. 

Messenger, Sarah 61. 

Metcalf, Lois 118. Mary 2.57. Mehit- 
able 118. Nathan 176. Samuel 175. 

Miller, Aaron F. 176. .John 176. 

Mills, Harriet 202. 

Minnt. Laurence 96. 

Morse. Adnm 177. P.nthslieba 15S. 
Charles 177. Deborah 129. Hannah 
26. Henzibns 168. .Joanna 258. 
Levina 2.52. Lurnna 212. Sarah 15. 
Mrs. Susan M. 230. Tabitha 35. 

Moulton, Edwin C. 178. 

Murdock, Robert 178. 

McClure, .John 170. Mrs. Mary A. 

McGill. James 172. Thomas 170. 

McGrath. Bridget 173. 

McKenney, Emily 43. 

McKenzie. Oeorcre 173. John 172. 
Roderick M. 172. 

McLeod, Christina 172. 

McMurtrie, Mary G. 145. 

McNamara, Matthew 173. Patrick 

Nash, Eliza 238. 

Newell, Benjamin 184. EbonezT 178, 
179. 181. Elizabeth 29. Elijah 182. 



Hitty 41. Jesse ISO, 182. John A. 
183. Josiah 1S3. Rachel A. 87. Re- 
becca 76. Reuben 180. Theodore 

Nichols, John Q. A. 184. 

Nickless, Margaret 191. 

Nuttage, Anna M. 135. 

Norton, Mrs. Edella D. 225. Rev. T. 
S. 185. Thomas C. 186. 

Onion, Mary 34. 

Otis, Alexander 187. Edmund B. 186. 

Paine, Barnabas 188. IrTing A. 188. 

John R. 18S. Lewis B. 189. 
Palmer, Mary H. 60. 
Parker, Jonathan 9. Rev. Theodore 

Parmenter, Freeman F. 189. Sarah 

R. 221. 
Patterson, Mary N. 132. 
Peppelow, John 190. 
Perkins, Anna 56. 
Perry, Elizabeth C. 131. Elijah Jr. 

192. Jonathan 191. Kezia 55. 

Lowell 191. Lucy 158. Mary 207. 

Ruby E. 44. Samuel 190. 
Peters, Eve 190. Mary 7. 
Pettingill, Stephen 193. 
Pierce, Mary A. 215. 
Pike, Elizabeth A. 184. 
Plimpton, John 193. Martha 128. 

Sarah 79. 
Plummer, Martha A. 110. 
Pratt, Abigail 58. Hannah 108. 
Prentiss, Aseneth 23. 
Prescott, William H. 186. 
Prickett, Mrs. Eliza F. 85. 
Prince, Mrs. Lydia N. 182. 
Proctor, Joseph H. 184. 
Putnam, Mason la"). John Prince 195. 
Purdy, Hannah S. 248. 

Reaney, Caroline 82. 

Reed, John 190. Josiah 195. 

Reynolds, Rebecca 21. 

Rice, Olive 190. 

Richards, Abigail 2,59. Abijah 201 
Asa 198. Calvin 204. 205. Cather- 
ine 222. Ebenezer 207. Hannah 13, 
39. Isabel F. 86. Jabez 202. Jesse 
201. J. Franklin 203. Joseph 201. 
Josiah 196, 199. Lemuel 197. Lu- 
ther 204, 205, 206. Lydia 258. 
Mehitable 11. Moses 198. Richard 
203. Sarah 4S, 176, 200. 260. Solo- 
mon 200. Thaddens 199. Tliomas 
203. William 206, 207. William M. 

Richardson, Amos 208. Samuel 5. 

Sarah A. 14. 
Robbins, Mary 168. 
Roberts, Hanora 3. 
Ruggles, Elizabeth 202. 
Ruland, Clarabel 111. 
Russell, Mary 252. Rebecca 91. 

Sanger, Charlotte K. 123. George P. 

211. Irene F. 212. Rev. Ralph 208. 
S. Greenleaf 211. 

Sawin, Annie 25. Benjamin N. 214. 
Calvin 213. Calvin H. 214. Ella M. 
25. Frank W. 215. Joel 213. Levi 

212. Lurana 152. Mary 204. Re- 
becca B. 149. Warren 215. 

Scott, Sarah 250. 

Sedgewick. Rosella M. 133. 

Shaw, Elizabeth T. 51. 

Shedd, Betsev 52. 

Sherman, Mehitable 36. 

Shumway, Amos W. 216, 217. John 

215. S. Eudora 214. 
Shuttleworth, Sarah 199. 
Smiley, Jane 170. 
Smith. Abigail 21, 251. Abner L. 

225. Albert L. 220. Allen F. 225. 

Barak 226. Cata 246. Charles H. 

22.5. Clarissa A. 15. Dorcas 78. 

Draper 220. Ebenezer 222, 223. 

Frank 221. Hannah 115. Jabez 226. 

Jennie M. 217. Joseph 217, 221. 

Joseph A. 220. Lewis 222, 224. 

Mary 80. Mehitable 246. Rachel 6. 

Rebecca 137. Robert 227. Rufus 

224. Sarah 130. Thomas 226. 
Snow, Lucinda 252. 
Soule, Alexander 228. Ephraim 228. 

Martha 50. Mary B. 261. Sarah N, 

Stanley, Malinda 247. 
Stodder, Mary 261. 
Stowe, Albert 230. Prudence 83. 

Sally B. 255. Walter 229. 
StoweM, Florence 145. 
Stratton, Abigail 206. 
Strong, Rev. Dr. Geo. A. 257. 
Sullivan, Cornelius 230. 
Summer, Gen. S. S. 138. Rebecca 257. 

Talbot, Asa 231. Levi A. 232. 
Thompson, George H. 232. Georgia 

E. 133. Phebe 83. 
Thorp, Hannah 124. Mary 74. 
Thurston, Mehitable 103. 
Thwing, Hannah F. 46. 
Tisdale, Ansel K. 236. Billings 2,36. 

Fisher 233. Henry 232. James 233, 




Tuck, Abiatliar R. 236. 

Tucker, Lydia 143. Rebecca 258. 

Twitcbell, Mrs. Miranda 41. 

Upham, Jonathan 237. 

Valentine, Nel'lie 172. 

Wadswortb, Moses 238. Susannah G6. 

Walker, Mary 151. 

Wall, John F. 239. Patrick 238. 

Ware, Susan E. 254. 

Warren, Abigail 55. 

Webster. Daniel 72, 82. Mrs. Mar- 
garet M. 156. 

Vv'entworth, Alonzo 239. 

Wheaton, Elizabeth 179. 

Whiting, Aaron 24G. Anna 21. 181. 
Daniel 241. Enoch 24G. Frances 
M. 48. Hannah 196. Ithamar 245, 
247. Jemima 139. Jonathan 240, 
241, 247, 248. Julitta 12. Mehitable 
103. 237, 262. Rebecca 203. Rufus 
247. Sarah 114. Walter J. 248. 
William 240, 246, 248. 

Whitney, Caroline S. 253. Love 37. 
Martha A. 15. Roxana 49. 

Wight, Abigail 215. Adelaide E. 232. 
Aaron 251. Amos 254. Amy H. 141.. 
Arnold 2.33. Asa 252. Caleb 252. 
Charlotte 230. Clarissa 163. Cyn- 
thia 229. David 249, 250. Freder- 
ick H. 254. Hannah 42. James H. 
253. John 250. Joseph 253. Mary 

251. Nabby 71. Oliye 70. Oliver 

252. Phebe 5. Sarah 136. Seth 
251. Shubael 255. 

Wilbur, Maria 101. 

Williams, Betsey S. 147. Dolly A. 

.31. John 255. 
Wilson, Abby F. 205. Abigail 79. 

Eliza 224. Ephraim 257, 258, 259, 

260, 261. Henry 257. Lillian M. 

E. 51. Mary S. 224. Nathaniel 

258, 261. Ruby 116. Samuel 259, 

260, 262. 
Wiswall, Hannah 207. 
Wood, Jabez 262. Mrs. Malvlna R. 

Woods, William 262. 
Worcester, Sally 18. 
Wright, Maude S. 172. 


Amputation, 131. 
Auctioneers, 234. 

Band of Hope, 185. 
Baptist Church. 41. 
Boston Post Cane, 231. 
Boston Tea Party, 125, 128. 
Burgess School. 186. 

California 18. 

Church Pews, 175. 

Cigars, 50. 

Committee of Correspondence, 198. 

Death Rate. 252. 
Deep Breathing. 237. 
Dover Stage, 255. 
Dunklin Hole, 92. 

Education of Women, 170. 
Erie Canal, 116. 
Evening Meetings, 43. 

Faneuil Hall Market, 14. 
First College Graduate, 38. 
First Parish Library, 30. 

Fish Fry, 165. 
Flour, 259. 
Frugality, 246. 

Greasing Boots, 169. 

Home Factories, 104. 
Home Music, 235. 
Holidays, 154. 
Hop Beer, 237. 
Horse Block, 113. 
Hospitality, 114. 
House Cleaning, 116. 
House Flies, 35. 

Indian Stone Relics, 198. 
Indian Tepee, 96. 
Intoxicating Liquors, 106. 

King Philip's War, 193. 

Lafayette, 137. 
Land, Price of, 89. 
Lexington Alarm, 9. 
Longevity, 137, 252. 
Lyceum, 210. 



Market, Women, 53. 
Mass. Inst. Technology, 103. 
Medical Practice, 64. 
Mt. Desert, 151. 

Needham High School, 186. 

Newell's Chamber, 179. 

"Nigger Pews," 210. 

Noanet, 198, 207. 

Norfolk Agricultural Society, 192. 

Ohio Pasture, 157. 

Old Farmer's Almanac, 161. 

Oldtown Folks, 62. 

Paper Cutting, 177. 
Postage, 256. 
Powder House, 115. 

Raisings, 58. 
Rattlesnakes, 75. 
Religious Services, 183. 

Revenue Tax, 183. 

Revolutionary War, 7, 8, 15, 17, 21, 

36, 38, 88, 91, 139, 157, 159, 19G, 

199, 200, 246. 

Slaves, 37. 

Snufif Boxes, 120. 

Sunday Schools, 40. 

Sunday School Supts., 81, 170, 205. 

Surgical Operations, 69. 

Temperance, 184. 
Towns Poor, 174. 
Traders, 27. 

Wages, 16. 

War 1812, 17. 

Weaving, 181. 

Wedding Costumes, 79, 125. 

West India Goods, 52. 

Whip Lashes, 191. 

Judge Alphonso Taft, father of former President William H. 
Taft, says : "Genealogical research is often derided, but it is fas- 
cinating, and when pursued with reason has a wholesome and 
beneficial influence. No one can deliberately be the first to dis- 
honor the name and blood of his good ancestors. It is no weak- 
ness to appreciate the character and achievements of those who 
have preceded us and emulate their virtues. The American 
branches of our family tree do not flatter our vanity with many 
brilliant careers, but they have proved a vigorous and prolific 
stock, of which we have no occasion to be ashamed." 





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